Drug-Free Workplace Training
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.
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.
Types of Custom Training
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.
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:
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.
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.