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Drug and Alcohol Testing Courses for Businesses

By Andrew David Easler, Esq.

While individuals can enroll in drug and alcohol testing courses to attain professional certification and enhance their career prospects, these programs are also essential for businesses. This is particularly true for companies, but it also applies to businesses that are outside the transportation sector. What are the most important testing and training courses business owners and executives should know about?

Supervisor Training

Supervisor training also called reasonable suspicion training, is mandated for all supervisors by the DOT. It comprises a minimum of 120 minutes, although more in-depth courses can have longer durations. This course provides supervisors with the knowledge and training necessary for discovery, document, and discuss reasonable suspicion cases of workers using drugs and/or alcohol on the job. It is also designed to help them implement company policy while ensuring the safety of both other workers and the company’s customers.

Designated Employer Representative

Companies must have a designated employer representative (DER). These professionals must understand the various steps involved with sample collection in a range of different situations, and should be well versed in areas outside of DOT regulations as well.

Mandatory Employee Training

All companies are required to provide drug and alcohol awareness training to their general employees. These drug and alcohol testing courses last a minimum of 60 minutes, although the Department of Transportation recommends 120 minutes. The course informs and educates employees on the effects of drug and alcohol use on their personal and professional lives, as well as the ramifications of testing positive, refusing to test, and more.

Introduction to Drug and Alcohol Testing

This type, of course, gives managers and executives a firm grounding in the basics of drug and alcohol testing courses necessary for the workplace, how to create and maintain a drug and alcohol-free workplace, and the testing process as a whole. While it is an introductory course, the information imparted is critical for any organization’s leaders and decision-makers.

Regardless of your industry, drug and alcohol testing courses provide your employees, managers, and supervisors with essential information geared to help improve workplace and customer safety, while maintaining a healthy environment. However, it is important to note that DOT and non-DOT companies have different requirements in terms of federal regulations, and those specific to your industry must be adhered to. Working with a qualified training provider will ensure that you are able to provide employees with industry-specific education.

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