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Understanding DOT Drug and Alcohol Training

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

Transportation companies have a significant responsibility to their customers and the public as a whole. It’s essential that a drug and alcohol free workplace is maintained. However, that can be difficult to do, particularly in the transportation industry. It’s hard to keep tabs on what employees are doing when they’re behind the wheel of a bus on the road, operating a shuttle, piloting a plane or captaining a boat. DOT drug and alcohol training can make the difference.

What Is DOT Drug and Alcohol Training?

Simply put, this training is necessary to help managers, executives and even general employees recognize the warning signs that drugs or alcohol may be in use within the workplace. DOT drug and alcohol training is primarily geared for supervisors and managers, but virtually any employee at all can go through the program and emerge with a significantly better understanding.

How Are Courses Delivered?

You’ll find several different course delivery methods here. The most common method of training is via the Internet today. Online courses offer a number of benefits unavailable with conventional classroom-based learning methods. For instance, students can learn on their own schedule, and there is no need to drive from work or home to a training facility. Students are also able to repeat sections of the course to develop a better understanding of the material much more easily than would be possible in a classroom. Finally, students going through online DOT drug and alcohol training will find that they can move ahead if they’re confident they’ve mastered the material at hand, allowing them to complete the course more quickly.

What’s Included in a Course?

DOT drug and alcohol training courses vary depending on the issuer/course provider. Most courses will offer information about the following topics at a minimum:

Mandated Training

For many companies, DOT drug and alcohol training is not an option – it’s mandated by the federal government. Public and private transportation companies in the US (even those with fewer than 50 covered employees) are required to provide this training. Additionally, they must meet all other federal regulations, including developing a written policy for drug and alcohol testing in the workplace.

DOT drug and alcohol training provides the means to create a safer workplace for everyone involved – employees and customers alike.

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