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Drug and Alcohol Training & Certification

Hard Hat Training courses meet all training requirements set by OSHA and Canada.


We Offer Three Types of Drug and Alcohol Safety Trainings

Our regulation-aligned Drug and Alcohol certification courses are updated to reflect the most recent changes made to safety standards. Whether you want a certification in as little as two hours, or a more robust training, we can help! We offer online trainings that can be completed in a day, DIY training kits that provide training materials, Train the Trainer certifications that certify individuals to train others and provide training materials, or onsite training. No matter what you choose, we can get you what you want, at a price you can afford.

This course includes an introduction, general, prevention, signs and warnings, treatment, recourse and conclusion sections of using drugs and alcohol in the workplace.

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Online Training

Online training is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location and/or for employers who need to assign and monitor employee training progress and exam scores.

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Training Kits

The training kit is for those who want the freedom of doing the training themselves. It is an PowerPoint Presentation (PPT) that you can present yourself to a group of trainees.

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Train the Trainer

Train the Trainer courses are online and meant to certify a individual to use the training kit to train others. Training kit and materials are included with the Train the Trainer online course for no additional cost.

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What’s in the Drug and Alcohol Training Course?

Our Drug and Alcohol Awareness training course is built to regulation standards. This class discusses topics including general knowledge, prevention, signs and warnings, treatment, recourse, 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.


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For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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Drug and Alcohol Certification Standards

U.S. Standards

  • OSHA Act of 1970, 5(a)(1) – General Duty Clause
  • Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988
  • Canada Standards

  • Canada Labour Code, Part II, IPG-080 – Substance use in the work place
  • Part II of the Canada Labour Code – Canada Labour Code

    Train the Trainer Certification

    The Train the Trainer option is used to certify a trainer to teach others using the included training kit. It incorporates the online course with an additional train the trainer module, as well as the training kit. This option results in an regulation-aligned lifetime trainer certification from Hard Hat Training. This certification is not company-specific, meaning you can take it with you should you change employers.

    Why Do I Need Drug and Alcohol Safety Training?

    Most regulations don’t have a specific standards for drug and alcohol awareness training. However, under the General Duty Clause of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and under Part II of the Canada Labour Code, employers are required to provide a workplace that safe from hazards that can cause accidents, injuries, or serious harm to employees.

    Because of this requirement, employers have a legal and ethical obligation to develop and maintain a workplace that is free from hazards associated with drugs and alcohol. Employees have the right to work in an atmosphere that promotes the safety and well-being of all.

    Stay Informed On All Things Drug and Alcohol

    Did You Know?

    Accidental overdoses from drugs and alcohol at work increased 25% between 2016 and 2017. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics).

    Mining industry workers have the highest rates of heavy alcohol use, with construction workers having the second highest rates. (Source: SAMHSA).

    Over $740 billion are lost annually from the abuse of tobacco, alcohol, and illegal drugs in the form of health care costs, reduce work productivity, and crime. (Source: Drug Abuse).


    Frequently Asked Questions

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    Why is it important to learn about drugs and alcohol?

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    Drugs and alcohol affect the brain and body in ways that are dangerous to your health as a whole. They impair judgement, damage the body and brain, and can even kill. Because of this, it is important to keep in mind the signs and symptoms of substance abuse. If someone is using drugs or alcohol at work, it can change the way they think and act, affecting the dynamic in an office and endangering those that work more hands-on jobs. Drugs and alcohol don’t just affect the user; they affect those around them too.

    What happens when you mix alcohol and drugs?

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    If you mix certain drugs with alcohol, it can cause nausea, vomiting, headaches, drowsiness, fainting, and loss of coordination. Some of these side effects also present themselves with the individual components, though. Mixing drugs and alcohol will do more than that, though. It puts you at risk of internal bleeding, heart problems, and breathing difficulties.

    What are the five classes of drugs?

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    There are many different types of drugs, but there are about five categories that are universally used. These are narcotics, stimulants, cannabinoids, depressants, and hallucinogens.

    How do drugs and alcohol affect the brain?

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    The effect of drugs on the brain greatly depends on the class of the drug. Overall, though, drugs interfere with the way the body’s neurons send, receive, and process signals. This can cause permanent damage over time and can cause the body to become reliant on the drugs to function properly. In terms of alcohol, it can affect every part of your body, from your brain to your vital organs. Continuous use causes life-long damage and can even kill you.


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    For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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