DOT: Drug and Alcohol Awareness

All transportation employees; safety-sensitive transportation employees; service agents

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Expected Duration
120 minutes

Drug and alcohol abuse by employees is a common cause of workplace problems, such as accidents and ineffective work practices, in the US today. These problems can affect profits and expose companies to increased medical and insurance costs, and any related financial loss due to compensation. Several US laws have been enacted to combat drug and alcohol abuse in the workplace. The Department of Transportation (DOT) interprets these laws and provides employers who are responsible for transportation employees with guidelines for setting up effective drug-free programs. These guidelines encourage employees and supervisors in the transportation industry to be vigilant of any coworkers who may display symptoms of substance abuse and provide details for effective drug and alcohol testing procedures. This course identifies the causes, indicators, and resultant problems of substance abuse and substance dependency in the US transportation industry. It describes the US laws that relate to drug and alcohol testing of transportation employees and outlines DOT regulations that enforce compliance among transportation employers.


What is Workplace Substance Abuse?

  • identify factors that can trigger substance abuse among adults
  • identify legal substances that, if abused, can lead to workplace problems
  • identify illegal drugs that are commonly abused in the workplace
  • identify examples of workplace problems that are caused by employees using drugs and alcohol

Drug Testing in the Workplace

  • identify requirements for compliance under the 1988 Drug-Free Workplace Act
  • identify recommendations for employees to consider when they notice a coworker with a substance abuse problem
  • identify the elements of a successful drug-free workplace program
  • identify DOT procedural guidelines for transportation workplace drug and alcohol testing programs
  • identify categories of transportation employees described as safety sensitive by the DOT
  • identify service agents who do not need employee authorizations to perform DOT saliva or breath alcohol tests
  • sequence the steps in a DOT-compliant alcohol testing and drug testing procedure
  • identify the recommended steps an employer should take when drug and alcohol test results are positive





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