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On your way to work you get a phone call from the office. A train bound for New York derailed at a sharp bend in northern Philadelphia. There appears to be minimal damage amounting to less than $10,000. The conductor was transported to the hospital mentioning that he banged his head in the crash. Over the phone, the conductor admits to being “distracted” by the radio and that he exceeded the recommended speed of 50 miles per hour for the curve, taking it at around 100 miles per hour. Does the conductor need to be tested?

If so, should it be a reasonable suspicion or a post accident test?

If not, what if he died eleven hours after the accident?

Who else would you need to test?

In this DER training course geared toward FRA-regulated employers you will learn everything you need to know to become a DER including:

  • What it means to be a DER;
  • The roles and responsibilities of a DER;
  • The requirements for a DOT Program under your specified agency;
  • How to manage a drug and alcohol-free workplace program for DOT covered employees;
  • The drug and alcohol testing process and how to handle problems in testing;
  • Which regulations apply to your company and how to stay in compliance;
  • How to select and monitor service agents;
  • Training requirements for employees and supervisors;
  • Which records must be kept and for how long; and
  • Best practices to avoid a poor audit result.

You will also receive resources, reference materials, and helpful guides to help you while becoming a successful Designated Employer Representative.

  • Successful Designated Employer Representative (DER) students will be able to manage a drug and alcohol free workplace policy within their organization including providing the necessary training to employees and making determinations of when to test and when a refusal should be determined.
  • Successful students will be able to express an understanding of industry terms and the protocols involved with the DOT and FRA regulations by completing an online quiz with 75% or greater proficiency.