OSHA Reasonable Suspicion Supervisor Training
Employers in the transportation related field must train their supervisors, managersand company leaders to identify the signs and symptoms of drug and alcohol abuse in the workplace. Trucking companies, airlines, railways, and transit organizations are commonly required to train their supervisors in reasonable suspicion determinations. The Federal Department of Transportation Agency Regulations require that supervisors receive training to determine whether an employee should undergo a Reasonable Suspicion drug test and/or alcohol test.
What is OSHA Reasonable Suspicion Supervisor Training?
Section 382.603 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) requires that all persons designated to supervise drivers receive at least 60 minutes of training on alcohol misuse and an additional 60 minutes of training on controlled substances use. Supervisors need to be trained to determine whether reasonable suspicion exists to require a driver to undergo testing. The training will help supervisors in the transportation field prevent accidents and injuries that are the result of driver misuse of alcohol and/or drugs.
Reasonable Suspicion Supervisor Training will cover :
- The reasonable suspicion process
- How to handle difficult situations when confronting drivers
- Donning and adjusting
- Maintenance and storage
- Respiratory illness symptoms
After completing the training, your supervisors will be able to:
- Identify the signs and symptoms of various drugs of abuse
- Identify the signs and symptoms of alcohol use
- Determine if a drug or alcohol test is required
- Properly document a reasonable suspicion situation
Insure Compliance will meet with your staff and conduct hands on, in-person training that teaches supervisors how to recognize the signs and symptoms of alcohol abuse and drug use and describe what to look for when determining reasonable suspicion.
- FMCSA 49 CFR 382.603 (1) Employers must not employ a driver subject to controlled substances and alcohol testing under this part to perform a safety-sensitive function without first conducting a pre-employment query of the Clearinghouse to obtain information about whether the driver has a verified positive, adulterated, or substituted controlled substances test result.
Why should I do an OSHA Reasonable Suspicion Supervisor Training?
Having supervisors trained to properly identify hazards in the form of drug and alcohol misuse can improve worker safety and assures compliance to federal regulations. The benefits of completing the OSHA reasonable suspicion training for supervisors include:
- Fulfilling Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requirements
- Avoid safety risks by identifying the signs and symptoms of substance use and abuse in the workplace.
- Avoid potential liability for ordering drug and alcohol tests with insufficient suspicion.
This service is often combined with:
Substance Abuse Policy
A substance abuse policy is a set of guidelines that outline a business’s protocol for substance abuse in the workplace.
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