DOT Reasonable Suspicion for Supervisors

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Overview

This DOT Reasonable Suspicion for Supervisors course is intended to provide a supervisor of drivers and other safety-sensitive positions with the ability to recognize symptoms that indicate the use of drugs or alcohol among his or her employees. The knowledge gained from this course will allow a supervisor to establish reasonable suspicion and refer an employee for drug and alcohol testing.

Drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs are a danger to themselves and others, especially if they are a driver of a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) or work in a "safety-sensitive position". A supervisor's ability to identify symptoms of drug and alcohol use in their employees is critical to ensuring a safe workspace.

What Is Reasonable Suspicion?

Reasonable suspicion, as applied to the workplace, is when a supervisor can, through observable facts, make a determination that an employee is under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the workplace or on the job. Only supervisors can establish reasonable suspicion and refer workers for alcohol or drug testing.

About This Course

This course will help a supervisor identify the signs and symptoms of alcohol and drug abuse at the workplace, focusing on a variety of controlled substances, including marijuana, opiates, MDMA, PCP, and cocaine; it will outline a supervisor's responsibility once he or she has established reasonable suspicion; and it will discuss the DOT regulations regarding returning to work for employees who test positive for alcohol and drugs.

Through case studies and examples, this course will not only help a supervisor recognize when an employee could be under the influence of either drugs or alcohol, but it will also teach a supervisor how to refer an employee for substance abuse testing and follow up on the situation.

Who Should Take This Course?

The DOT Reasonable Suspicion Supervisor course is intended for managers and supervisors who oversee Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) drivers and other safety-sensitive positions. A safety-sensitive position is one in which the occupation can have a direct impact on the safety of others.

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Course Objectives

The DOT requires that those who supervise drivers be adequately trained. The objective of this DOT Reasonable Suspicion Supervisor course is to meet the Federal Department of Transportation training requirements required by 49 CFR 382.603.

Per 49 CFR 382.603

Each employer shall ensure that all persons designated to supervise drivers receive at least 60 minutes of training on alcohol misuse and receive an additional 60 minutes of training on controlled substances use. The training will be used by the supervisors to determine whether reasonable suspicion exists to require a driver to undergo testing under 382.307. The training shall include the physical, behavioral, speech, and performance indicators of probable alcohol misuse and use of controlled substances. Recurrent training for supervisory personnel is not required.

Taking this course will meet this legal training requirement

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Identify symptoms of alcohol and/or drug abuse;
  • Establish reasonable suspicion;
  • Follow appropriate procedures to refer an employee for drug or alcohol testing; and
  • Describe the outcomes of failing an alcohol or drug test.

Anout This Course

Following the completion of all training content and achievement of a passing score on the final exam, students will need to complete a brief evaluation and confirm his/her identity. After doing so, the student will have access to the course completion certificate.

This fully narrated course is built for success, and includes interactions, exercises, and quiz questions intended to help prepare students for the final exam. Students must answer each quiz question and complete each interaction in order to proceed.

Course Exam

This course has 1 final exam. The student must complete all course sections before attempting the exam. The final exam consists of 10 questions selected at random from a larger pool of questions. A 70% score or better is required to pass the exam.

Students who do not pass the exam the first time may retake the exam as many times as necessary in order to pass.

Accreditation

This US DOT accepted training is brought to you by a team of Certified Outreach Trainings and meets the requirements for 49 CFR. Upon completion of this course you will have immediate access to a Safety Unlimited course completion certificate you can download, save, and/or print.

Continuing Education Credits

Per the California Department of Public Health, this course is approved for 3 Contact Hours (0.3 CEUs) of Continuing Education (CE). While these CE units are intended for Registered Environmental Health Specialists (REHS) in California, they are often transferred to other accrediting bodies. Please check with your specific agency for more details and to learn if your agency accepts this course for CE credit (Public Health Accreditation #044).

Training Requirements

If you are a supervisor for a workplace that provides transportation services on public roads, you should take this training. There are no other prerequisites for this training.

Volume Pricing

To learn more about our volume discounts for this training, visit our Volume Pricing page. We also offer an easy way to Enroll Multiple Students.

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Frequently Asked Questions About This Course

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There is no requirement to take this training at a specific point in your employment. However, it is best to take the training prior to starting your role as a supervisor in order to be prepared.

According to the regulation, recurrent training is not required. However, your employer may require you to retake training on a regular basis. Be sure to check with your employer.

This training is intended to provide you with at least an hour apiece to help recognize symptoms of drug and alcohol abuse. We have also provided additional, supplemental information to ensure you receive well-rounded training. The training is intended to take at least two hours, but you can expect to spend between two and three hours completing this training.

No, our courses are designed so you can start and stop as needed, allowing you to break the training up over a longer period of time. Our system will keep track of your progress, enabling you to resume where you left off upon your next login. It is important that once you start a section, you complete that section or you will need to start that section over from the beginning upon your return.

Yes, you can take the online portion by signing in with your username and password from any location and computer with high-speed internet access. However, each computer does need to meet our basic system requirements for viewing our online courses.

Yes, once you have completed the course you will be able to download, save, or print a certificate of completion from your student account. Certificates are created in a pdf format. Users must have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader before attempting to download the completion certificate.

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Online Training on Mobile Devices Tablet Smart Phone HTML 5 The Future

With so many people using mobile devices (e.g. tablets and smart phones) to check emails, do business, connect to social media, and even enjoy movies, Safety Unlimited, Inc. knows it's time to make some changes.

We're excited to announce a selection of courses is now available in HTML 5, making them more compatible with the browser on your mobile device. Many of our existing courses are presented using Adobe Flash Player and require additional software that may not be available on your mobile device. By comparison, our mobile-ready courses require only the most recent version of your mobile device's web browser, allowing students to take the course anywhere they have an internet connection.

Our Learning Management System tracks your progress, allowing you to switch between your computer and mobile device without retaking any training content. You can stop training in the middle of a section on one device and pick it up at the same spot on another. There is no need to complete an entire section in order to move from one device to another.

We are working on making ALL of our online courses MOBILE DEVICE READY. This gives you, the customer, the choice and flexibility to take our online training on your desktop, laptop, or handheld device, wherever you may be. You now have complete control of when and where you would like to take your online training!

Mobile Pros and Cons

Mobile versions of training are new, but we’ve identified some Pros and Cons during our extensive testing and listed them below.

Pros

  • No computer needed
  • Tablet mobility
  • Tablet screen graphics

Cons

  • Smartphone screens can be too small to see
  • Mobile browsers react differently than computer browsers
  • Phone calls can interrupt training

During our testing we noticed tablets are much better for training than smartphones, due to their larger screen size. … The best way to see how well the training works on your device is to click on the DEMO button on this page.

Growing Pains

Because this is a Beta version of our course, you may encounter some issues as we work out the kinks. If you have difficulties with this course, please contact Customer Support.

Your Mobile Browser

While HTML5 makes taking this course on mobile devices possible, not all mobile browsers are optimized for HTML5, meaning you may not have complete functionality. If you have difficulty taking this course using the browser on your mobile device, you may need to use a different browser.

Test the functionality of your browser using HTML5 and compare it to the performance of other browsers. If you find other browsers are more compatible than your own, you may want to make the switch.