DER & DAPM Training Courses

Our DOT Designated Employer Representative (DER) training courses are divided by United States Department of Transportation subagency. The DER, or as it is commonly known in Non-DOT programs, the Drug and Alcohol Program Manager (DAPM)  is responsible for ensuring full compliance and enforcement of federal and state drug and alcohol testing regulations within the organization. In larger organizations, this may be a dedicated position supplemented with assistant DERs to help manage the implementation of a drug-free workplace. In smaller organizations, the DER role is fulfilled by one individual with one or more other roles from the business owner herself to human resources personnel and safety officers.

Why take DER and DAPM training courses?

Any organization that administers a drug-free workplace program, whether it is under federal or state law, needs at least one person knowledgeable of the terms of the program and the applicable federal and state law. This individual is often the person who has the final say on matters involving potential violations of the drug-free workplace program, return-to-work agreements, follow-up programs, random testing pools, safety-sensitive designations, mandatory supervisor training compliance, and much more. An improperly trained DER or DAPM may inefficiently implement the program, allowing employees with real problems to work undetected and employees without a problem to be unnecessarily subject to invasive testing procedures. In addition, an unqualified DER or DAPM can expose the employer to liability ranging from costly fines and failed audits to invasion of privacy claims, wrongful termination, and even wrongful death suits.

In these DER and DAPM training courses you will learn everything you need to know to become a DER including:

  • What it means to be a DER.
  • The roles and responsibilities of a DER.
  • The requirements for a DOT Program under your specified agency.
  • How to manage a drug and alcohol-free workplace program for DOT covered employees.
  • How to select and monitor service agents.
  • Which regulations apply to your company and how to stay in compliance.
  • The drug and alcohol testing process and how to handle problems in testing.
  • Training requirements for employees and supervisors.
  • Which records must be kept and for how long.
  • Best practices to avoid a poor audit result.
  • Designated Employer Representatives may also be interested in reasonable suspicion training for supervisors and employees.
  • Find out why some organizations are now drug testing employees in-house

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