Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Drunk Supervisor: Implications for a Drug and Alcohol Course, DOT Supervisor Training, and Reducing Risk

Supervisors aren’t immune from alcoholism. That should sound obvious, but they do have a special set of circumstances, given their positions, that makes them more unlikely to be identified as under the influence in violation of the organization’s drug free workplace policy. There’s a problem and a risk issue present with this situation.

Reasonable suspicion training for supervisors does not include and does not require education for supervisors on self-diagnosis or alcoholic supervisors dealing with their subordinate supervisors.

Likewise, the DOT supervisor training compliance guidelines do not require making supervisors aware of institutional enabling factors that protect the drinker who is a supervisory capacity. This makes reasonable suspicion training an important opportunity to discuss this problem right in the classroom—and get the elephant in the living room exposed—or at least trying to make a meaningful impact on the problem. Learn more


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