Drug-Free Workplace Training

Last Updated: January 16, 2024

  • Our training includes specimen collector guidance, employee education, DER training, and more.
  • We train both DOT and non-DOT companies.

US Drug Test Centers offers training to assist employers with the proper maintenance of a drug-free workplace. Proper training will reduce exposure to liability in your drug-free workplace program. This training includes live training, webinar training, and online training. Custom training opportunities are also available.

What types of drug free workplace trainings does US Drug Test Centers offer?

US Drug Test Centers offers many different drug free workplace trainings such as trainings related to reasonable suspicion, workplace substance abuse, Introduction to drug testing, and the Department of Transportation Designated Employer Representative training. All of our trainings are online and can be completed at your own pace. For more information on one of our specific trainings, give us a call at 866-566-0261 or visit the Drug Free Workplace Trainings section on our website for a detailed description of each training we offer.

What types of drug free workplace trainings are required?

If your business operates for the Department of Transportation (DOT), you are required to adhere to drug-free workplace training. In addition to creating and maintaining a drug-free workplace policy, any designated employer representatives (DERs) or supervisors overseeing safety-sensitive workers must completed a minimum of 2 hours of online training, specifically for reasonable suspicion. The training is designed to aid supervisors through the reasonable suspicion testing process and ensure their understanding of common signs and symptoms of illict drug and alcohol abuse in the workplace, preventative ways to decrease workplace drug and alcohol abuse, counseling and employee assistance programs, etc. Additionally, many state-mandated drug-free workplace programs require workplace reasonable suspicion supervisor training even if you do not operate under the Department of Transportation (DOT). Contact US Drug Test Centers at (866) 566-0261 to get registered for online training today!

How can I sign up for a drug free workplace training?

Signing up for an online drug free workplace training is quick and easy! Simply visit the drug free workplace trainings page on our website or give us a call at 866-566-0261. Once you have purchased your training, you will receive your log in credentials within 24 hours and can get started at your own pace, right away!

For live training events and custom webinar training events, call or contact US Drug Test Centers with your request. Custom training includes the following:

  • DOT Urine Specimen Collector Training
  • Introduction to Drug Testing
  • Employee Education
  • Supervisor Training - Reasonable Suspicion
  • Designated Employer Representative (DER) Training

Let's look at some of these a bit more closely.

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If your staff needs training, US Drug Test Centers can help. For assistance, call 866-566-0261 or order your test online!

Types of Custom Training

Employee Education

Ashlee Arnold / Vice President US Drug Test Centers

A drug-free workplace should always include employee education to provide information to the employees about what exactly is a drug-free workplace, what the harmful effects of drugs are, what the consequences of violating the drug-free workplace policy are, and how to access assistance if one has a substance abuse issue.

Online employee training is available for both DOT and for non-DOT employee education. DOT versions include:

This course provides information concerning the effects of alcohol misuse and controlled substances abuse on an individual's health, workplace, and personal life. In addition to information on the five most commonly abused drugs - marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, opiates, and PCP - and alcohol, the course also provides the employee with information on club drugs and inhalants. A chart of drug and alcohol retention times in the body and a list of community helplines are all included. PDF files providing detailed information on the different drugs and other pertinent topics are accessible with a click of the mouse. There are chapter quizzes and a final exam.

A Certificate of Completion listing the course, the individual's name, and the completion date can be printed if a hard copy document is required/desired.

Supervisor Training

Many state-mandated drug-free workplace programs require supervisor training. DOT drug and alcohol testing programs also require supervisor training. Supervisors should take the above employee training, as well.

Supervisors without the proper training should not make determinations for reasonable suspicion testing.

Drug-Free Workplace: A Supervisor's Guide to Reasonable Suspicion Testing - Online Training is available for both DOT and non-DOT supervisor training. DOT versions include:

employee training for drug-free workplace

In addition to the information on the signs and symptoms of the five most commonly abused drugs and alcohol, the course covers club drugs and inhalants. Also covered is a step-by-step confrontation process, information on the reasons for testing, refusal to test, a chart of drug and alcohol retention times in the body, and a list of community helplines. PDF files providing more detailed information on drugs and other pertinent topics are available. A Certificate of Completion can be printed as required/desired.

This course is designed to ensure supervisors maintain their understanding and awareness of the reasonable suspicion testing process. The course is revised and updated annually and includes information on prescription drugs, patterns of abuse, ways to decrease workplace abuse, addiction, and what abuse actually costs employers and workers in profits, salaries, and taxes.

Note: Supervisor refresher training should be considered every 12 to 18 months.

Designated Employer Representative (DER)

The Designated Employer Representative (DER) is responsible for handling any component of a DOT-mandated drug testing program. They're an employee authorized to take immediate action to remove employees from safety-sensitive duties and to make required decisions in the testing and evaluation process.

supervisor training for drug-free workplace

This person can also:

  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of a DER for the company
  • Learn how to handle unique or unusual situations (e.g., temperature out of range, shy lung, shy bladder, refusals to test)
  • Ensure compliance with DOT drug and alcohol testing rules and regulations
  • Implement best practices in testing management

Designated Employer Representative (DER) Online Training - This training course provides the DER with a thorough education of his or her duties as outlined in the Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations for drug and alcohol testing (49 CFR Part 40). The course also includes a comprehensive dictionary of testing terminology, specific modal regulations, and their procedures for workplace testing programs. A personalized certificate is automatically made available to each trainee after successful completion of the course.

Order your training online or call 866-566-0261 to order any of the above referenced online training.

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