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Drug and Alcohol Testing for Employees Overview

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the significance of having a safety-sensitive role in the workplace, what conduct is prohibited for all safety-sensitive workers, and your responsibility to understand and follow DOT regulations.
  • Identify the six situations under which safety-sensitive workers are subject to drug and/or alcohol testing and when testing occurs.
  • Identify prohibited alcohol related conduct and uses, signs and symptoms that can indicate alcohol use, the definition of blood alcohol content and how each BAC level affects the body.
  • Identify the five prohibited drugs the DOT program tests, the specific signs and symptoms of drug use, and the guidelines and legalities of prescription use for employees in a safety-sensitive role.
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of those involved in the alcohol and drug testing process, test procedures and results, and the steps in the return-to-duty process.

Available in English

20 Minutes

As an employee who performs safety-sensitive functions, you will learn about prohibited drug- and alcohol-related conduct for all safety-sensitive workers, the six conditions under which you are subject to drug and alcohol testing, when they occur and the testing process, and the signs and symptoms of substance use.

Course Outline
  • DOT: Drug and Alcohol Testing for Employees Overview
Regulations
  • 49 CFR 40 Subpart B – Employer Responsibilities – 40.11 What are the general responsibilities of employers under this regulation?
  • 49 CFR 40 Subpart B – Employer Responsibilities – 40.13 Who does this regulation cover?
  • 49 CFR 40 Subpart B – Employer Responsibilities – 40.14 What collection information must employers provide to collectors?
  • 49 CFR 40 Subpart B – Employer Responsibilities – 40.15 May an employer use a service agent to meet DOT drug and alcohol testing requirements?
  • 49 CFR 40 Subpart B – Employer Responsibilities – 40.23 What actions do employers take after receiving verified test results?
  • 49 CFR 40 Subpart B – Employer Responsibilities – 40.25 Must an employer check on the drug and alcohol testing record of employees it is intending to use to perform safety-sensitive duties?
  • 49 CFR 40 Subpart C – Urine Collection Personnel – 40.31 Who may collect urine specimens for DOT drug testing?
  • 49 CFR 40 Subpart D – Collection Sites, Forms, Equipment and Supplies Used in DOT Urine Collections – 40.41 Where does a urine collection for a DOT drug test take place?
  • 49 CFR 40 Subpart D – Collection Sites, Forms, Equipment and Supplies Used in DOT Urine Collections – 40.43 What steps must operators of collection sites take to protect the security and integrity of urine collections?
  • 49 CFR 40 Subpart E – Urine Specimen Collections – 40.61 What are the preliminary steps in the collection process?
  • 49 CFR 40 Subpart E – Urine Specimen Collections – 40.63 What steps does the collector take in the collection process before the employee provides a urine specimen?
  • 49 CFR 40 Subpart E – Urine Specimen Collections – 40.65 What does the collector check for when the employee presents a specimen?
  • 49 CFR 40 Subpart E – Urine Specimen Collections – 40.71 How does the collector prepare the specimens?
  • 49 CFR 40 Subpart E – Urine Specimen Collections – 40.73 How is the collection process completed?