New Study of Employee Substance Use Shows the Need for Supervisor Training for drug and alcohol use
So you drug test your employees, now what? TRAINING, TRAINING, TRAINING! Training is not only a key aspect of solidifying your drug testing investment it is also required in most cases. If you are testing as part of the DOT, then you have required supervisor and employee education as part of your compliance.
Why is drug & alcohol training important? Supervisors and managers are typically trained on how to measure workforce productivity, manage their budgets or costs, or oversee projects and deadlines but do they really know whether another employee is using a substance on the job? A new study from the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions (RIA) has found that managers need to do more than just be around their employees all day. They need training. Training on drugs and alcohol. The study interviewed 2,429 participants ranging in age from 18-65, all with civilian jobs. It was found that workers reported drinking less on the job when they thought their manager knew how to detect substance abuse and took corrective action. The same was found true for those using drugs while working.
As Compliance Consultants we have a heavy concentration on Education. Subjects include but are not limited to:
- Reasonable Suspicion-Signs and Symptoms
- Drugs & Alochol Awareness
- Designated Employer Roles/Responsibilities
- Drug Free Workplace ROI
- Employee & Supervisor Education
- Reduced Exposure/Workers’ Comp
Training opportunities available via online courses which can be ordered from USA MDT at firstname.lastname@example.org OR
We currently are offering the DOT required supervisor training, which anyone can benefit from, on September 18, 2012.
USA Mobile Drug Testing will host a Supervisor Training Webinar on Thursday, September 18, 2012 from 10am – 12 noon MST, 10am – 12 noon PDT and 1pm – 3pm EDT. Joe Reilly, Senior Compliance Officer for USA Mobile Drug Testing will conduct the webinar. All participants will receive handouts and a certificate of completion. For more information and to register for the training on 09/18/2012 http://usamdt.com/webinars/supervisor-training-webinar/ or call Call 800-851-2021 for additional program information. This date only is offered for only $15.00 for a live webinar.
Companies regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) are required to have supervisors trained for reasonable suspicion drug testing. Section 382.603 of the FMCSA regulations states: “§ 382.603 ‐ Training for supervisors. Each employer shall ensure that all persons designated to supervise drivers receive at least 60 minutes of training on alcohol misuse and receive at least an additional 60 minutes of training on controlled substances use. The training will be used by the supervisors to determine whether reasonable suspicion exists to require a driver to undergo testing under §382.307. The training shall include the physical, behavioral, speech, and performance indicators of probable alcohol misuse and use of controlled substances.” This training will comply with the requirements of Section 382.603 of the FMCSA regulations.