Commission reaches out to businesses about alcohol training

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 | 6:52 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — At the start of the new year, employees who serve or sell alcohol at businesses will be required to complete an alcohol safety training.

The Substance Abuse Advisory Commission is reaching out to businesses to encourage them to train employees charged with serving alcohol. A server training ordinance takes effect Jan. 1, 2014.

The ordinance passed on Nov. 19, 2012. According to previous Missourian reporting, the training will focus on identifying fake IDs and knowing when to stop serving an already intoxicated person. The training will also provide information on how to prevent alcohol theft and recognize signs of third-party transactions.

Only a fraction of employees required to take the training have done so, said Steve Hollis, manager of the Division of Human Services. The commission does not know how many people will be required to take the training. The commission’s focus right now is to publicize the ordinance so owners of alcohol establishments know about it.

The commission plans to mail postcards to businesses that serve alcohol, such as liquor stores, grocery stores and bars. The commission will also provide posters and fliers to bar owners.

Servers can take the training online as part of the SMART program, which is free and does not require attending classes.

Supervising editor is John Schneller.

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