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A Look at the Various DOT Drug & Alcohol Training Requirements

  • By: Andrew Easler, Esq.
  • Published: Jan, 6 2015
  • Updated: Dec, 20 2022

Drug and alcohol use poses unique threats to the transportation industry. While substance abuse and alcohol consumption on any job can be detrimental, it’s especially frightening when that use is on the part of individuals responsible for transporting people in a vehicle, whether that’s an airplane, a boat, a limo, a bus, a taxicab or some other type of vehicle. Training for supervisors and other employees has been mandated by the federal government, and there are several important elements to understand the various programs here, as the DOT drug and alcohol training requirements vary from one type of training to another.

Employee Workplace Substance Abuse Training

While federal regulations mandate training for supervisors, the government also requires training for other employees. Employee workplace substance abuse training provides vital information on the effects of drug and alcohol abuse in the transportation industry workplace, the individual’s life, and on their health. All such courses should meet minimum government mandates in terms of length and should come with a certificate of completion.

Supervisor DOT Drug and Alcohol Training Requirements

The onus of enforcing a company’s drug and alcohol use policy falls on supervisors. All supervisors must be sponsored through training to help them understand the problem, how to identify the potential substance and alcohol abusers in the company, and how to enforce the company’s policy regarding the use and abuse of these substances. This training must include a minimum of 120 minutes, broken into 60-minute segments, one covering alcohol use, and one controlled substance abuse.

Certified Professional Collector Training

With the advent of modern drug testing practices and technology, the US government determined it was necessary for specimen collectors to have a minimum of training. DOT drug and alcohol training requirements for these professionals ensure safe handling procedures, adherence to best practices, and knowledge of legal requirements regarding specimens for drug and alcohol testing.

Breath Alcohol Technician Training

Technicians responsible for providing breath tests to employees suspected of alcohol abuse must follow industry best practices to ensure testing accuracy and effectiveness. The right training program meets or exceeds DOT drug and alcohol training requirements to ensure these professionals follow proper testing procedures.

The key to meeting DOT drug and alcohol training requirements is to work with the right course provider. Research your options and compare courses, provider reputations, and compliance history to ensure you make the right choice.

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