Event Calendar

Wednesday, June 7, 2023

DER Training & Substance Abuse Policy Update

Start Date: 9/12/2023 8:30 AM CDT
End Date: 9/12/2023 12:00 PM CDT

Venue Name: MCAKC Knowledge Center

10955 Lowell Avenue, Suite 1050
Overland Park, KS  United States  66210

Organization Name: MCA of Kansas City

Jacki Conn
Email: jconn@mcakc.org
Phone: (913) 948-9200

Designated Employer Representative (DER) Training & Substance Abuse Policy Update

Due to low enrollment, this session has been moved to September 12, 2023.

Join us for this engaging and informative education session on the critical role of the Designated Employer Representative (DER) and Substance Abuse Policy for LU 533, LU 8, and MCAKC.

This training aims to equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively handle substances abuse issues and testing in the workplace.

During this session, Sandy Brown will outline the critical role of a Designated Employer Representative (DER) in maintaining a safe and complaint work environment. 

Goals of this session:

  • Explain the role and responsibilities of the Designated Employer Representative (DER).
  • Identify the importance of the DER in enforcing substance abuse policies and ensuring a safe work environment.
  • Review regulations, the history, who’s covered, what is covered, testing points.
  • Identify when it's a DOT test & when is it a company test.
  • Outline the role of service agents and when/how to communicate with them.
  • Review company policies to considerations.
  • Using the FMCSA Clearinghouse.
  • Summarize record-keeping regulations.
  • Navigate the Return-To-Duty process.
  • Identify the steps to follow when things go wrong.
Stacy Zerr, Executive Director of MCAKC will review the Substance Abuse Policy for LU 8, LU 533, and MCAKC as well as recent updates.

Key Topics Covered by Stacy Zerr:
  • Testing Procedures: Learn about substance abuse testing, including where employees should go for testing, the types of tests they will undergo, and the expected timeframes for receiving test results.
  • Positive Results Management: Explore the protocols and procedures to follow if an employee's test comes back positive.
  • Types of Tests: Understand the different types of substance abuse tests. such as pre-employment testing, random testing, and periodic testing. Discover the purposes, benefits, and considerations associated with each type.
  • Financial Responsibility: Clarify the financial aspects of substance abuse testing. Explore the question of who pays for the tests, considering both legal and practical perspectives.
Who Should Attend: This training session is designed for employers, human resources professionals, safety officers, and anyone responsible for enforcing substance abuse policies within their organization. It is highly recommended for individuals seeking a comprehensive understanding of their role as Designated Employer Representatives (DERs) and for those aiming to enhance workplace safety, productivity, and compliance.

Sandy Brown is a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) and trainer/consultant who specializes in the drug & alcohol awareness requirements mandated by Federal agencies FMCSA, FAA, FTA, FRA.  Sandy is a licensed social worker in Missouri/Kansas who also provides organizational development and management consulting services in conflict resolution, violence in the workplace, critical incident response services and team building.   

Stacy Zerr started with MCAKC in November 2022. She grew up in construction and continued in the industry that caught her passion. Working for both large and small contractors, she's had roles as a design engineer, estimating manager, project manager, technology lead, and preconstruction manager. Stacy has been involved with the MCAA since 2013 serving on serval national committees as well as teaching for the MCAA Institute for Project Management. Stacy has both a construction and mechanical engineering degree from Iowa State University and an MBA from Regis University. She’s a licensed Professional Engineer in six states. 


Free to Signatory Contractors and Associate Members

Cancelation Policy
Cancelations for all MCAKC events must be received at least 2 Business Days prior to the event by email to learn@mcakc.org or by phone at 913-948-9200. Cancelations received after this time will be assessed a $100 cancelation fee.

No Shows” will be assessed a fee (see below) and invoiced accordingly.

$50 Event Duration: Up to 4 Hours
$100 Event Duration: Over 4 Hours (Should the event cover more than one day, this fee will apply for each day of event)