Georgia Drug-Free Workplace Employee Education and Supervisor Training Requirements

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Georgia Education and Training Requirements

Initial and ongoing employee education and supervisor training are required components of a certified Georgia drug-free workplace. Check out our GA drug-free workplace training programs that will help you get certified in no time.

The Georgia employee drug and alcohol education requirements are listed in O.C.G.A. §34-9-417 [Opens a new browser tab]. We provide a summary of the regulation here.

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Georgia Drug Free Workplace Employee Education Requirements

During the initial year of certification, an employer must provide semiannual employee education on substance abuse and its effects on the workplace. The first hour of education must include:

  • An explanation of the disease model of addiction for alcohol and drugs
  • The effects and dangers of commonly abused substances in the workplace
  • The company’s policies and procedures regarding workplace substance abuse, and how employees can obtain substance abuse treatment


During the second and consecutive subsequent years of certification, an employer must provide annual employee education.

The Georgia supervisor drug and alcohol training requirements are listed in O.C.G.A. §34-9-418 [Opens a new browser tab]. We provide a summary of the regulation here so you can learn the Georgia drug free workplace supervisor training requirements without the hassle of parsing through the regulation.

Georgia Drug-Free Workplace Supervisor Training Requirements

During the initial year of certification, an employer must provide all supervisors with at least two hours of supervisor training, which must include:

  • How to recognize the signs of employee substance abuse
  • How to document and corroborate signs of employee substance abuse, and
  • How to refer substance abusing employees to the proper treatment providers

During the second and consecutive subsequent years of certification, an employer must provide at least one hour of supervisor training.

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