Three training sessions will be available for Ottawa County retailers selling alcohol Monday, Oct. 1 at the Ottawa County Courthouse Annex in Miami.
MIAMI – ROCMND RPC has announced the upcoming dates for Responsible Beverage Service and Sales (RBSS) Training in Ottawa County in October for businesses licensed to sell alcohol.
RBSS Training provides clerks, servers, and managers with the knowledge and skills needed to sell and serve alcoholic beverages safely, responsibly and legally, according to ROCMND.
It also works toward reducing excessive alcohol consumption and related harms at the community level.
Three training sessions will be available for Ottawa County retailers Monday, Oct. 1. The morning session will run from 10 a.m. to noon, the afternoon session from 2 to 4 p.m. and the evening session from 6 to 8 p.m. All sessions will be held at the Ottawa County Courthouse Annex Community Room, 123 E Central Ave., Miami.
Attendees can view the current training calendars and register at http://bit.ly/odmhsastraining. Training is free.
According to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, there were 42 alcohol-related crashes in Ottawa County in 2016.
RBSS Training was established by a group of concerned Oklahoma agencies including Regional Prevention Coordinators, Oklahoma Prevention Policy Alliance, Oklahoma Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission, and the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse.
The training is for anyone licensed to sell alcohol and their supervisors and managers, such as convenience store owners and clerks, liquor store owners and clerks, bar owners and staff, restaurant owners and staff, and casino employees.
The overall goal of the training is to ensure that expectations, liabilities and legal responsibilities are communicated to all licensees and their employees.
Training is provided in partnership with ROCMND by an Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement (ABLE) Commission officer.
The mission of the ABLE Commission is to protect the public welfare and interest in the enforcement of the laws pertaining to alcoholic beverages, charity games and youth access to tobacco.
Specific RBSS learning points include:Understanding legal and social responsibilities Identifying common signs that signal an underage ID Recognizing signs of intoxication
Attendees will also receive examples of alcohol policies to promote best practices and aid in creating a more unified environment in their business.
A verification card will be provided showing attendance.
This training has also been approved by the ABLE Commission as the mandatory training needed for all new individual licensees after Oct. 1, 2018, when Oklahoma's new alcohol laws take effect.
Businesses that would be interested in arranging RBSS training may also contact Heather Ramseyer at 918-256-7518.
ROCMND RPC is funded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), and the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS).
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