Training through continual education is critical if you wish to establish and maintain a successful Drug Free Workplace. DATCS offers Supervisor, Collector, Breath Alcohol Certification and Designated Employee Representative (DER) training for DOT and non-DOT regulated drug testing programs.
DOT Required Supervisor Training: This training covers the indicators of alcohol and drug abuse in the work place, how to recognize them and what actions you can and cannot take, and how to establish a drug free workplace. Having a Supervisors Training Program is mandatory under the Department of Transportation (DOT) guidelines, as it identifies indicators of drug or alcohol abuse in the workplace. Supervisors are the essential elements of a company’s drug and alcohol program because they are most likely to be the first to recognize and intervene when there is unacceptable behavior.
According to the rules and regulations of DOT, “The company’s determination that reasonable suspicion exists to require an employee to undergo a drug/alcohol test shall be based on specific, contemporaneous articulable observations concerning the appearance, behavior, speech, or body odors of the employee. The required observations should be made by a supervisor who has received at least 60 minutes of training in detecting the symptoms of drug abuse and 60 minutes training in the symptoms of alcohol misuse.”
DOT Collectors Training: This class covers the techniques and requirements of urine analysis (UA) drug collections as required by DOT 49 CFR Part 40. It also addresses how to deal with different situations, how to fill out and maintain DOT Custody and Control forms and the “do’s and don’ts”.
DOT DER Training: The “Designated Employee Representative” (DER) is the key company contact to provide up-to-date personnel records, receive test results and coordinate the random program. The proper DER training is critical to building an effective and efficient drug and alcohol testing program in Texas. This training covers all aspects of the DER’s role, including record maintenance, personnel updates, DOT rules and regulation changes, types of tests, and rules of thumb in creating an active drug free workplace.
BAT (Breath Alcohol Technician) & STT (Screening Test Technician) Training: These courses cover US DOT 49 CFR Part 40 and meet all of DOT’s BAT and STT qualification training requirements. They are designed for graduates to conduct breath alcohol or saliva tests to determine if an employee is impaired. Given that alcohol is the most abused drug, these trainings provide employers with a key tool in battling drug abuse and maintaining a safe work environment.