DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing: Employer Compliance Course

The Training Need

Program Administrators (PA’s) and Designated Employer Representatives (DER’s) need to be educated on the Department of Transportation’s regulations for drug and alcohol testing as prescribed in 49 CFR Part 40, and PA and DER responsibility in the drug and alcohol testing process. This course will give attendees the tools and information they need to provide PA and DER duties to ensure full compliance with the testing process.

Course Objective

The objective of the PA/DER Compliance course is to provide instruction and resource material that enables the PA/DER to: fully understand the role of the PA/DER in the drug testing process; define issues that arise during the drug testing process and what action is required of PA’s and DERs; learn more about the PA/DER relationship with other players in the testing process, including C/TPAs, Collectors, MROs, EAPs, Laboratory Personnel, and SAPs; ensure complete compliance with federal rules and regulations; and better serve the employees they work with by being knowledgeable about the entire mandated drug and alcohol testing process; learn the differences in testing procedures for each transportation mode; better define his/her role in assuring DOT and company policy compliance; provide services meeting standards of professionalism, accountability, and ethical behavior; and implement practical application of industry standards and procedures.

Who Should Attend

PA’s, DER’s, HR Directors and staff, Safety Officers, Administrative Staff responsible for testing, or anyone having involvement or oversight of a DOT Drug/Alcohol Testing Program.


  • Specific requirements for PA’s and DERs, per 49 CFR Part 40 and other modal regulations.
  • How to define the players in the drug testing process and their differing responsibilities.
  • The training and certification requirements for Urine Collector, BAT, MRO, SAP, and Testing Lab.
  • The differences in the modal regulations, including definitions of covered employees and return-to-duty requirements.
  • Developing company policies, including consequences of positives, refusals, and adulterated or substituted tests.
  • How to handle problem tests, including shy bladder and shy lung, cancelled tests, and correction of errors.
  • DER and PA Responsibilities for:
    • Dissemination of PA and DER information
    • Availability to other program participants, including TPAs and Consortiums.
    • Removing employees from duty, temporarily or permanently.
    • Referring employees to physicians or SAPs.
    • Receiving test results, and maintaining confidentiality.
    • Obtaining drug/alcohol test records from previous employers.
    • Annual MIS reports (both preparation and submission)
    • Employee education and supervisor training.
    • Maintaining records.