Rule G

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Rule G is a prohibition against railroad employees working while intoxicated. It was originally a near-universal provision of individual railroads' operating rules, and is now part of the universal code of the Association of American Railroads.[1]

In addition to prohibiting the use or possession of drugs and alcohol, the rule also provides for "reasonable suspicion", wherein a rail carrier may require an employee to submit to a breathalyzer or urine test if he is suspected of being under the influence. A refusing employee is considered to be in violation and may be suspended or terminated with no further procedure.[2]


  1. ^ CSX Transportation. "Operating Rules & Agreements". Archived from the original on September 20, 2013. Retrieved January 6, 2014.
  2. ^ Northeast Operating Rules Advisory Committee (November 6, 2011). "NORAC 10th Edition" (PDF). BLET Division 57. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 6, 2014. Retrieved January 6, 2014.