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Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988
Determining Coverage

The Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 requires some Federal contractors and all Federal grantees to agree that they will provide drug-free workplaces as a condition of receiving a contract or grant from a Federal agency. The Act does not apply to those who do not have, nor intend to apply for, contracts/grants from the Federal government. The Act also does not apply to subcontractors or subgrantees.

Since the Act applies to each contract or grant on a case-by-case basis, you will need to determine coverage for each Federal contract or grant you have, or for which you are applying. If your company has a grant that is covered under the Act and a contract that is not, the Act does not cover the entire company but rather only employees working on the covered grant. Even though you may not be required to provide a drug-free workplace for all your employees, you may find it cost-effective to do so — and a good way to protect your workers and your business profits.

Although all individuals with Federal contracts or grants are covered, requirements vary depending on whether the contractor or grantee is an individual or is an organization. For definitions of these terms as they they relate to the Act, go to the glossary.

To determine coverage for a specific contract or grant, select the situation that applies to you:

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