- January 31, 2015
- Posted by: Andrew Easler
- Category: Training
Maintaining a drug and alcohol-free workplace has become more important than ever. Even the federal government is getting into the act and has mandated specific rules and regulations for federal employees. The Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Transportation have also created specific rules that apply to businesses and organizations that fall under their purview. What does this increased focus on drug and alcohol testing courses mean for your business?
The most important takeaway from the shifting laws and regulations dealing with drug and alcohol testing courses is one of increased awareness. Drug and alcohol use within businesses and organizations creates serious problems and safety issues. By promoting awareness of these problems, businesses are able to improve the safety of their workplace, safeguard the health of their customers and patrons, and even improve the quality of life enjoyed by their employees.
Different Training Requirements
If your business operates under the umbrella of either the DHHS or the DOT, you will need to provide different drug and alcohol testing courses for your employees depending on their designation and role within your organization. This is broken into two segments. General employees must go through drug and alcohol awareness training lasting a minimum of 60 minutes. Supervisors must complete reasonable suspicion training lasting a minimum of 120 minutes. These programs must comply with agency-specific requirements in terms of content, duration, and attendance.
Mandatory Testing Cycles
Along with the requirement to provide employees with access to drug and alcohol training courses, employers must also commit to specific mandatory random drug testing cycles. This varies between DOT and non-DOT companies, though. For instance, non-DOT companies generally test 10% of their workforce per year on a random basis (for drugs). DOT companies can test up to 50% of their workforce per year randomly. This doesn’t account for other testing types, including post-accident, pre-employment, follow-up, and scheduled tests.
The Key to Success
Drug and alcohol testing courses are vital components in creating a safer workplace, but the quality of the training is paramount. Working with a reputable training provider is essential. The provider must be fully compliant with industry and governmental regulations, and the training should include any recent changes or variations in government regulations. It is worth noting that companies providing online training courses might be better choices, as Internet-based training is more affordable, scalable, and available on demand.