Drug Free Workplace Trainings
US Drug Test Centers makes available trainings 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. These trainings include live trainings, webinar trainings and online trainings. 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 trainings include the following:
- DOT Urine Specimen Collector Training
- Introduction to Drug Testing
- Employee Education
- Supervisor Training – Reasonable Suspicion
- Designated Employer Representative (DER) 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 are the harmful effects of drugs, what are the consequences of violating the drug free workplace policy and how to access assistance if one has a substance abuse issue.
Drug Free Workplace: Employee Training – Online training is available for both DOT and for NON-DOT employee education. DOT versions include FMCSA, FAA, FTA, PHMSA and USCG. 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 & 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 help lines 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.
Supervisors should also take the above employee training and have additional responsibilities for making reasonable suspicion determinations for drug or alcohol testing. Many state mandated drug free workplace programs require supervisor training. DOT drug and alcohol testing programs also require supervisor training. Supervisors without supervisor training should not make determinations for reasonable suspicion testing without the necessary training.
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 FMCSA, FAA, FTA, PHMSA and USCG. In addition to the information on the signs and symptoms of the five most commonly abused drugs - marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, opiates & PCP - and alcohol, the course covers Club Drugs and inhalants which are growing workplace problems. 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 help lines. PDF files providing more detailed information on drugs and other pertinent topics are accessible with a mouse click. A Certificate of Completion with the course and the individual’s name 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: It is recommended that Supervisor Refresher training be considered every 12 to 18 months.
Designated Employer Representative (DER)
If you are responsible for handling any component of a DOT-mandated drug testing program, then as the Designated Employer Representative (DER), you have an opportunity to:
- 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.
The Designated Employer Representative, or DER, is an employee authorized to take immediate action to remove employees from (or have them removed from) safety-sensitive duties and to make required decisions in the testing and evaluation processes. The DER typically is the person overall in charge of the drug testing program and so training is so very important.
Designated Employer Representative (DER) Online Training - This training course provides a 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.