This half-day DOT compliant course is designed for managers, supervisors, safety and compliance staff, dispatchers and any staff member who is in regular contact with employees in safety-sensitive positions. The course provides essential education that will help companies, through their supervisors, overcome the many challenges they will face when addressing substance use in their workplaces and when implementing compliant testing policies.
Participants will review the history of substance use, how this use impacts the workplace and what the current regulations require employers to do to address it. This course will be of value both to companies required to comply with US Department of Transportation testing protocols for cross-border work as well as those operating entirely in Canada who are required to comply with Federal Labour Code standards and/or provincial WorkSafeBC regulations. The program is designed to meet and exceed the regulatory requirements of 49 CFR, part 382.603(a) issued by the US DOT. Visit fmcsa.dot.gov
for more information on U.S. Department of Transportation Drug & Alcohol Supervisor Training requirements.
This training will provide an understanding of substance testing technology and case law and examine the difference between determining impairment and prohibition testing. Participants will receive tools, templates and practical strategies to address impairment in the workplace and will also learn to recognize the physical, behavioral, speech and performance indicators of probable drug and alcohol use, and how to better address these issues. Topics covered will include specific challenges supervisors and co-workers face, how to overcome them and how to manage employees who may be experiencing issues with alcohol and/or drugs. The course will provide a discussion of when employers must accommodate disability and medical use (and when they don’t need to), as well as when and how to discipline an employee who uses substances.
Attendees should come prepared to share their experiences at their workplaces along with questions.
Presenter: Dave Earle, President and CEO, BC Trucking Association
Among Dave’s related board and committee experience, he is a past president of the Employers’ Forum and the current Employer Caucus Chair for WorkSafeBC’s Policy and Practice Consultation Committee.
Dave acted as the employer chair of the Program Administration Committee for the BC Construction Industry Substance Abuse, Testing and Treatment Program, and as the employer co-chair of the Board of Trustees for the Construction Industry Rehabilitation Program, for 8 years. Dave is an expert on the topic of substance use, testing and treatment in an employment setting.