DOT Alcohol and Drug Training for Supervisors

Course Description:

The main objective of this session is to train supervisors who oversee commercial drivers that perform safety-sensitive functions to make reasonable suspicion determinations for drug and alcohol use in compliance with DOT’s alcohol and drug regulations at 49 CFR 382.603 (training for supervisors), and the organization’s policy and procedures.

By the time the session is over, supervisors will be able to identify the requirements of DOT’s alcohol and drug regulations; understand how alcohol and drugs affect health and performance; identify signs and symptoms of alcohol and drug use; make appropriate reasonable suspicion determinations; conduct effective reasonable suspicion interviews; and understand when alcohol and drug tests are required and how tests are conducted.

Course Duration: 121

Why “DOT Alcohol and Drug Training for Supervisors” Matters:

  • Alcohol and drug use are common causes of accidents involving commercial motor vehicles (CMVs).
  • The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires that supervisors know how to identify alcohol and drug use and make sure drivers don’t work under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Supervisors must know the rules and procedures for urine drug testing and breath alcohol testing.
  • The DOT regulations apply to all organizations that own or lease CMVs or that assign drivers to operate CMVs.

Key Points:

  • The DOT regulations require alcohol and drug testing of drivers who perform safety-sensitive functions under a variety of circumstances, and supervisors play a critical role in communicating rules to drivers, monitor driver performance, and make reasonable suspicion determinations.
  • Reasonable suspicion determinations and testing provide supervisors with a tool to identify affected drivers who may pose a danger to themselves and others while performing safety-sensitive duties.
  • As a supervisor you should be familiar with the types of alcohol and drug tests required under the regulations.
  • The supervisor must be able to communicate the employer’s alcohol and drug policies and procedures to drivers.