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DOT/FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Education Training and Your Employer's Policy

The United States Congress recognized the need for a drug and alcohol free transportation industry, and in 1991 passed the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act, requiring U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) agencies to implement drug and alcohol testing of safety-sensitive transportation employees. Since the early 1990s, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and its predecessor agency has defined drug and alcohol testing rules and regulations for employees who drive commercial trucks and buses that require a commercial driver's license (CDL).

Under the FMCSA regulations employers are required to provide educational materials explaining drug and alcohol regulatory requirements and the employer’s policies and procedures for meeting regulation requirements. Distribution to each employee of these educational materials and the employer’s policy regarding the use of drugs and alcohol is mandatory. This training is intended to satisfy those requirements. Your employer’s policies and procedures are also included in this training for you to review and acknowledge receipt.

As with all other HR Classroom trainings, any organization can quickly and easily bring their employees up to speed on these issues as well as fully document trainee activity. Your organization’s own policy can also be inserted directly into each training.

Course Content Includes:
  • Overview of drug and alcohol testing rules for CDL drivers
  • Who is subject to testing?
  • What conduct is prohibited?
  • Which substances are tested?
  • Use of prescription and OTC drugs
  • What tests are required and when does testing occur?
  • Testing procedures: Collection, Testing and Review
  • What is considered a refusal to test?
  • What if a test is failed or refused, or you violate an agency rule?
  • What are service agents?
  • What is a Medical Review Officer?
  • What are Substance Abuse Professionals (SAPs)?
  • Will your test results be confidential?
  • Will your test results follow you to different employers?
  • What if you have a drug or alcohol abuse problem?
  • Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs)
  • What if you have a drug or alcohol abuse problem?
  • Your Employer's Policies for satisfying FMCSA drug and alcohol regulatory requirements
  • Conclusion and Acknowledgement

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