Training Supervisors to Recognize Signs of Substance Abuse

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Published Date: 09/02/2014


Pat; Rountree

By Pat Rountree


We have had several calls from members asking for recommendations for training supervisors on recognizing signs of substance abuse in employees and when they should be sent for drug testing.


We have reached out to CAI’s Drug-Free Work Place (DFWP) management and testing partner, Professional Drug Screening Services (PDSS), and they have provided information on training they have available. If you are interested in this training for your supervisors, please contact PDSS directly to find out more about this service and associated costs.


PDSS offers DOT-compliant, state, and non-regulated DFWP, reasonable suspicion, and employee drug and alcohol training courses. Each of the top five categories includes both supervisor and employee courses.


“A Supervisor’s Guide to Reasonable Suspicion Training” is a two-hour, online course that discusses the testing process, signs and symptoms of drug use, confrontation procedures and much more.


Five versions* are available:


  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
  • Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)
  • Drug-Free Workplace & Other Regulated Organizations


FAA recurrent and drug-free workplace/other modal courses


The FAA Recurrent Course is specifically designed to meet the FAA requirement of Supervisor Recurrent training every 12 to 18 months by the FAA. The DFWP and other Modal elective courses are suggested by the publisher at least every 24 months.


*DOT courses are mode specific and include rules and guidance from their respective agency. Drug-Free Workplace courses are specifically designed to meet State and accepted corporate guidelines.


Employee Education


Courses are 45 minute, online courses that discuss signs and symptoms of drug use.


DOT mode specific (FMCSA, FAA, FTA, PHMSA) and drug-free workplace courses are available.


You can easily add your policies, procedures and contacts to each course. Each supervisor course license comes with “A Supervisor’s Guide to Reasonable Suspicion Reference Manual” on CD. All training is based on a licensing system – one license entitles one person to take the course and receive a Certificate of Completion.


For more information, go to or contact PDSS directly at 252‑243‑7377.