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What Is Reasonable Suspicion?

Reasonable suspicion, as applied to the workplace or job site, is when a supervisor can, through observable actions, make a “reasonable” determination that an employee is under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and may pose a safety risk or endanger themselves or other employees.

About This Course

This course will help supervisors, union officials and employers identify the signs and symptoms of alcohol and drug abuse at the workplace, focusing on alcohol and a number of controlled substances, including marijuana, opiates, stimulants and designer drugs; it will outline your responsibilities as a supervisor and guide you through the process of determining and documenting reasonable suspicion.

Through real-world scenarios and a set of quizzes, this course will not only help a supervisor recognize when an employee maybe under the influence of either drugs or alcohol, but it will also instruct a supervisor on their role in determining if reasonable suspicion exits and how to approach a situation.

Who Should Take This Course?

With job site or workplace safety being the primary concern, The Reasonable Suspicion Training Course is intended for union officials, supervisors and employers who oversee safety-sensitive position employees.

It is important that everyone who takes this course either has a copy or is intimately familiar with your union or workplace policy regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs.

If you do not have a copy of your substance abuse policy, we would highly recommend that you contact your union, employer or human resources department to obtain your specific policy.

How Long Will This Course Take?

The course should be taken at your own pace to ensure that the material presented is adequately understand and absorbed. We estimate that the course should take no longer than 1 hour – 1.5 hours.

Short on time? We realize that those taking this course have a multitude of responsibilities and time commitments, so we’ve designed this course so that completion is not required in one sitting. Should you need to pause and exit at any time, you may log in again, at a later time, and resume exactly where you previously left the course.

Course Instructions

We attempted to make this course as simple and easy as possible to navigate, below are instructions to assist & guide you as you move through the course material.

  1. This course is divided into multiple lessons with each lesson having multiple titles or topics related to the lesson.
  2. As you move through the material, use the buttons at the bottom of the page to move between lessons. You must complete each lesson before moving on to the next.
  3. Selecting and clicking the title of a topic will either expand or collapse the section to expose or hide its content.
  4. The navigation bar to the far left of the screen will allow you to easily see your progression through the course, show which lessons are complete and highlight which lesson is currently active.  This allows you to revisit previously completed lessons for review.
  5. Be sure download or print your Certificate of Completion at the end of this course.
  6. You’re all set! Scroll down and select Introduction to begin the course.  Good luck!
This course is designed to work on multiple devices and screen sizes (desktop, notebook, tablet or mobile phone). For the best interaction, we highly recommend using a modern web browser such as Safari, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. If you have any questions, please contact us at 800.828.3939 x5 or email us at

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