Drug and Alcohol Testing for Supervisors - Reasonable Suspicion

Learning objectives

  • Recognize the significance of having a safety-sensitive role in the workplace, what conduct is prohibited for all safety-sensitive workers, and your responsibility to understand and follow DOT regulations.
  • Identify what six tests safety-sensitive workers are subject to and when that testing occurs.
  • Recognize the reasonable suspicion testing process including the observation criteria for making a test determination, how to properly adhere to testing criteria, and the best practices for conducting a reasonable suspicion interview.
  • Identify general signs or symptoms that may indicate substance abuse.
  • Identify prohibited alcohol related conduct and uses, signs and symptoms that can indicate alcohol use, the definition of blood alcohol content and how each BAC level affects the body.
  • Identify the five prohibited drugs the DOT program tests, the specific signs and symptoms of drug use, and the guidelines and legalities of prescription use for employees in a safety-sensitive role.
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of those involved in the alcohol and drug testing process, test procedures and results, and the steps in the return-to-duty process.

Course overview

As a supervisor of employees in safety-sensitive roles, you will learn how to identify circumstances and indicators that may create reasonable suspicion that an employee is using or under the influence of alcohol or drugs, when to do reasonable suspicion testing, and why it is important for public safety.

  • 2 Hours
  • English
Course Outline
  • Requirements for Safety-Sensitive Roles
  • The Reasonable Suspicion Process
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Drug Use
  • Drug and Alcohol Testing Process
  • 49 CFR Part 40 - Procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug And Alcohol Testing Programs
  • “What Employees Need to Know About DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing (English).” US Department of Transportation, United States Department of Transportation, 24 May 2012, https://www.transportation.gov/sites/dot.gov/files/docs/resources/partners/drug-and-alcohol-testing/2568/employeehandbookeng2019a.pdf
  • “Reasonable Suspicion Referral for Drug and Alcohol Testing A Training Program for Transit Supervisors .” U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Transit Administration Office of Safety and Security , Mar. 2004, https://www.transit.dot.gov/sites/fta.dot.gov/files/docs/ReasonableSuspicion2004.pdf.
  • “Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medications Tool Kit.” U.S. Department Of Transportation and the Federal Transit Administration, Feb. 2012, https://transit-safety.fta.dot.gov/DrugAndAlcohol/publications/DocumentInfo.aspx?DocID=223.
  • Implementation Guidelines for Alcohol and Drug Regulations https://cms8.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/drug-alcohol-testing/implementation-guidelines-alcohol-and-drug-regulations.
  • Title 49: Transportation Part 40 - Procedures For Transportation Workplace Drug And Alcohol Testing Programs https://www.transportation.gov/sites/dot.dev/files/docs/PART40.pdf
  • Excessive Alcohol Use https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/resources/publications/factsheets/alcohol.htm
  • Alcoholism in the Workplace: A Handbook for Supervisors https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/worklife/reference-materials/alcoholism-in-the-workplace-a-handbook-for-supervisors/
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse. (n.d.). National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/
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