Developing and Implementing your Fit for Duty Policy & Program

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The role of a Designated Employer Representative (DER) or Program Administrator can be challenging, especially considering the complex provincial and federal legislative responsibilities inherent within a workplace Fitness for Duty / Drug and Alcohol system.

This 4.5-hour course will help prepare both new and experienced DERs and Program Administrators to effectively manage a workplace Fitness for Duty program in a way that considers cost, liability, compliance, and health and safety. Participants will benefit from a review of current concepts and case studies, testing equipment demonstrations, and receipt of materials to support the implementation of a Fitness for Duty system upon return to their workplace.


Course topics include:


  • Testing
  • Drug and alcohol testing methodologies
  • Advantages and limitations
  • Test scheduling process
  • Result management


  • Program components and policy recommendations
  • Legislated and industry standard considerations
  • Tips to reduce program costs, limit corporate liability, ensure compliance and promote worker health and safety
  • Accommodation and return to duty


  • Supervisor Training recommendations
  • DER and Program Administrator Training recommendations
  • Worker policy and substance awareness training recommendations