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What is DER training?
Designated Employer Representative (DER) training is designed to prepare the DER to perform his or her duties properly, as required by the Department of Transportation (DOT). The course offers an in-depth explanation of federal regulations, 49 CFR Part 40 for drug and alcohol testing, from the perspective of the DER.

Why do you need DER training?
Every company covered by DOT regulations that employs safety-sensitive employees, must have one or more DERs. It is advised, but not mandated, that all non-DOT programs also receive DER training.

This course will give DERs the tools they need to help ensure full compliance with testing processes and with all needed regulations. The DER must have thorough knowledge of his or her responsibilities under federal regulations (49 CFR Part 40). The DER has authority to make decisions about the testing process and answer questions about it. In order to make proper decisions and handle all aspects of the DOT drug and alcohol testing program, the DER needs a complete understanding of the rules and his or her duties under the federal regulations.

Who should take this course?
  • Anyone having duties relating to safety for employees
  • Company owners
  • Self-employed owner-operators
  • Human resources managers
  • Safety managers
  • Drug and alcohol program managers
  • Supervisors overseeing safety-sensitive employees
  • Persons already designated as the DER for their company
What will you learn in DER training?
  • What is a DER?
  • What are the DER's (and employer's) responsibilities under the regulations?
  • What do the Federal Regulations (49 CFR Part 40) and your operating agency rules require?
  • What are the consequences for not following the rules? (And how to avoid this.)
  • Who are "service agents" and what is their role?
  • Are there supervisor and employee training requirements under the DOT rules?
  • How do I handle positive drug or alcohol tests?
  • What is the return-to-duty process?
  • What are violations of the DOT or operating agency rules?
  • What am I allowed to do (and not allowed to do) in the DOT testing process?


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