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Reasonable Suspicion Training & Certification

What do we offer? Whether you want a Reasonable Suspicion certification in as little as two hours with our online training or a more robust, customizable option like you get with our DIY training kits or on-site training, we can help you get the reasonable suspicion training you want in the way you want it and at a price you can afford.

What are my options for Reasonable Suspicion training?

Training Kits

The kit is for those who want to do the training themselves. It's a reusable training presentation that is used to train groups of people all at one time in one location. If you need to train a trainer to use the kit we offer a train the trainer online course.

Online Training

Online is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location or for employers who need to assign and monitor employee training progress and exam scores. Online training is also eligible for bulk pricing discounts for groups of 16+ trainees.

Train the Trainer

Train the trainer courses are online and meant to certify a single individual to use the training kit to train others. The kit is included with the train the trainer online course for no additional cost and is reusable. Results in a lifetime certification.

Onsite Training

Onsite training is for companies looking for hands-on training on your own equipment at your location. We come to you (from Rexburg, Idaho) so travel expenses are included, because of this onsite training is best for groups of at least 5-10+ trainees.

What's in the Reasonable Suspicion Training Course?

Our Reasonable Suspicion training course is built to OSHA and FMCSA standards. This class discusses topics including the supervisor, drugs and alcohol, taking action, testing, post-procedures, and more.

This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam as required by OSHA.

Because everyone learns and progresses at different speeds, the amount of time you spend taking this training will vary. However, in accordance with the FMCSA, this training should last at least 2 hours.

  • Encompasses these U.S. Standards
  • 49 CFR 382.603: Training for Supervisors

  • 49 CFR 382.307: Reasonable Suspicion Testing

  • 49 CFR 40.43: What steps must operators of collection sites take to protect the security and integrity of urine collections?

  • 49 CFR 40.223: What steps must be taken to protect the security of alcohol testing sites?

  • 49 CFR 40.323: May program participants release drug or alcohol test information in connection with legal proceedings?

Why do I need Reasonable Suspicion training?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires driver supervisors to receive at least an hour of training on alcohol misuse and an hour of training on drug misuse. For the purpose of this training, we have combined both alcohol misuse training and substance use training into a single 2-hour safety training. The purpose of this is to give supervisors a complete overview of substance abuse procedures related to both drugs and alcohol.

Employers and supervisors have a responsibility to create a safe working environment for their employees. This includes knowing when employees may be unfit for safety-sensitive duties through reasonable suspicion.

Because of the requirements laid out by the FMCSA, employers have a legal and ethical obligation to develop and maintain a workplace that is free from hazards associated with substance abuse. Employees have the right to work in an atmosphere that promotes the safety and well-being of all.

  • Did You Know?

  • Every day, 29 people in the United States are killed in crashes involving impaired driver.

  • Every year, the annual economic cost of impaired driving crashes is more than 44 billion dollars.

  • Drugs besides alcohol are involved in roughly 16% of all motor vehicle crashes. (Source: CDC)

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Reasonable Suspicion Training Frequently Asked Questions 

What is the reasonable suspicion test?

A reasonable suspicion test looks, in many ways, like a standard employee drug test. This can include breath and urine samples depending on the needs of the test. It is different from other tests in the way that it is initiated. Unlike random drug tests, which occur throughout the year at random times, reasonable suspicion tests can occur whenever a supervisor believes they are necessary.

How are you supposed to document reasonable suspicion

There are many ways a supervisor can document reasonable suspicion. It is important to be thorough and detailed, making sure to highlight important observations that align with reasonable suspicion. This training provides an observation checklist that identifies key behaviors that supervisors can easily recognize once they have been properly trained.

Is reasonable suspicion for anyone?

Reasonable suspicion can only be carried out by supervisors of driving employees. An employee is not authorized to use reasonable suspicion on another employee. However, employees do have the right to inform their supervisor if they think another employee’s behavior may be cause for reasonable suspicion. The supervisor may then observe the employee and make the final call on whether reasonable suspicion is necessary.

Why should supervisors receive special training on recognize signs of substance abuse?

It is ultimately the responsibility of the supervisor to initiate a reasonable suspicion test. Some supervisors may not feel confident in their own ability to recognize the signs of substance abuse in their employees. The purpose of this training is to give supervisors the confidence they need to identify crucial warning signs of substance abuse. It also helps them know what steps they should take to carry out the test efficiently and safely.

Do supervisors personally administer the test?

Supervisors do not personally administer the test to employees. Rather, it is the job of the supervisor to decide when a test is necessary. If the supervisor believes an employee should be tested, the test is carried out by a company-approved third party. Companies may also hire medical personnel for the purpose of conducting tests.

What if an employee refuses to get tested?

Supervisors cannot force employees to get tested for substance abuse. If an employee refuses to test, the supervisor must inform them of the consequences for refusal. Generally, refusal to test is automatically considered a test failure. Companies may have various policies on how to treat employee test refusals.

Do supervisors have the right to stop employees from working?

Supervisors always have the right to take employees off safety sensitive jobs until they have been tested. Employees suspected of substance abuse should never be allowed to drive commercial vehicles until the test results have come in. Until then the supervisor may keep the employee from working while following company policies regarding paid-time or compensation.
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