Webcast tackles drug, alcohol use by drivers

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J.J. Keller & Associates is offering a free download of its latest webcast, “Drugs, Alcohol and Drivers: How to Protect Your Operation,” which addressed how companies can protect themselves from the risks associated with drivers who use drugs and alcohol.

Presenters of the webcast included Randy Connour, co-founder of ShortStop, a drug-free workplace and occupational health consulting firm; and Dwight Siewert, senior safety consultant at J. J. Keller.

“This was a great opportunity to discuss important issues related to employees and drug and alcohol use in a cutting-edge, interactive format,” says Siewert. “Considering 42 percent of top acute DOT reg violations are drug- and alcohol-related, this is an area that needs more attention in the transportation industry.”

The presentation incorporated an overview of the Department of Transportation’s drug and alcohol testing rules and requirements; types of companies and drivers who must comply; the consequences of noncompliance, including fines and penalties; and how to evaluate an established drug and alcohol program.

Presenters outlined random testing and post-accident testing requirements, as well as reasonable suspicion training and requirements. They also covered the procedures drivers must follow before returning to duty after a test has shown alcohol or drug use, and what type of follow-up program is required of companies.

Participants were able to send questions via a chatroom feature, which were incorporated at various points throughout the webcast. Connour and Siewert also were available following the webcast to answer individual calls from participants.

To download the webcast, go to www.jjkeller.com/webcast2.