May’s Meeting Update

Nancy, please forward meeting invitation to Roundtable distribution – thank you.

Hello Roundtable folks, 

Our next CSR-EM Roundtable Alliance safety professional development meeting is Tuesday, May 12th at 10:00. Subject is Reasonable Suspicion Training w/certification.

Wayne P. Estes, PA-C, Director, Atmed Occupational Medicine, A division of Atmed Treatment Center, Inc. Johnston, RI will conduct  certificate level suspicion training. We have long talk about holding this now 2 hour class in conjunction with a regular meeting. It is finally here.

 SUPERVISOR TRAINING REQUIREMENT Each of the DOT rules requires employers to provide training for supervisors of safety-sensitive employees. The training must include specific information on the physical, behavioral, and performance indicators of probable drug or alcohol use. Supervisors who may make reasonable suspicion test determinations must complete at least 2 hours of supervisor training—one hour on signs and symptoms associated with drug use and one hour on signs and symptom associated with alcohol misuse. The 2 hour requirement is considered minimum. Any company is allowed to exceed these requirements. I.e. Greenwood Industries Supervisor Reasonable Suspicion class is a four hour program. Employers must maintain documentation of the Supervisor’s participation in the required training. DOT Supervisor’s Guide – Drug Revised November 2002 

Supervisors and other company officials who may be called on to make a reasonable suspicion determination are required to have 60 minutes of training on the physical, behavioral, and performance indicators of probable drug use, and at least 60 minutes of training on physical, behavioral, speech, and performance indicators of probable alcohol misuse. Supervisors are only required to have this training one time, and there is no regulatory requirement for refresher training. If all of your company’s supervisors have already had this training, then the company’s choice to not provide additional training is acceptable.

Q & A/Common Audit Findings Page 5 Spring 2008

There are six reasonable suspicion attachments to this email for reference. If you are serious about implementing a reasonable suspicion program for your company be sure to print out the two checklist attachments and bring those with you to the Roundtable meeting as this is where the rubber meets the road.

This meeting is being sponsored and hosted by Joanne Cameron, National Lumber. The meeting is being held at National Lumber, 245 Oakland St, Mansfield MA facility upstairs 2nd floor training room. Room capacity is 83. Directions are below. If ya still get lost, call Joanne on her cell phone # 508-294-8771. 

As always, please RSVP to Nancy of OHS Training & Consulting Inc. at by Friday May 8th for an accurate head count for luncheon and certificates which will be issued at end of training class.

Meeting attachments:

Alere Info Sheet – Comparison of Drug Testing Methodologies

OSHA Publishes Confined Spaces In Construction Final Rule for Inspection

From Glenn Narrow:

Hello Roundtable folks,

OSHA added, the long anticipated, new construction subpart to provide protections to employees working in confined spaces. This new subpart replaces OSHA’s single training requirement for confined space work with a comprehensive standard that includes a permit program designed to protect employees from exposure to many hazards associated with work in confined spaces, including atmospheric and physical hazards. The final rule is similar in content and organization to the general industry confined spaces standard, but also incorporates several provisions from the proposed rule to address construction-specific hazards, accounts for advancements in technology, and improves enforceability of the requirements.

PS if ya plan to print this link caution it is 177 pages long.


Please note new MA Roundtable website is (only difference between old site and new site is we dropped the hyphen/dash).


From Kimberly Stile, Regional Administrator, USDOL – OSHA Region 1:

The Confined Spaces in Construction Final Rule has been posted for inspection by the Federal Register and will appear in the Federal Register on Monday, hopefully.  The link to the posted version is: .