Understanding Reasonable Suspicion Testing

Would you be able to recognize the signs if one of your drivers showed up to work under the influence of drugs or alcohol?

The answer should be “yes” according to the FMCSA. In fact, if you supervise at least one driver for a company that operates CDL vehicles on public roads, you are required to take a training course to ascertain that you can easily identify symptoms of drugs and alcohol abuse.

What is Required? 

According to regulation 49 CFR 382.603, supervisors must complete 120 minutes of training: 60 minutes on the symptoms of alcohol abuse and 60 minutes on the symptoms of drug abuse. Upon completion, you should be familiar with common symptoms of substance abuse. You should also understand the reasonable suspicion testing process (when it is acceptable to send an employee in for a drug or alcohol test).

The FMCSA requires anyone who supervises drivers to complete this two-hour training program. Each supervisor is only required to take it once.

At US Compliance Services, we offer a Supervisor Training Program. It can be completed entirely online. If you have any questions, or wish to enroll, give us a call at 877-405-5003.