Responsible Alcohol Sales & Service Training
Responsible Beverage Sales and Service (RASS) training
- provides information about methods to prevent underage sales and over consumption of alcohol.
targets on-site alcohol establishments, like bars and restaurants, and off-site
outlets selling alcohol to go, such as grocery and convenience stores.
Montana Legislature made RASS training mandatory
Senate Bill 29 mandates that retail establishments and manufacturers
licensed to sell or serve alcoholic beverages ensure that all licensees
and their employees that sell or serve alcoholic beverages receive proper
training. Responsible alcohol sales and service training covers state law
prohibiting the sale or service of alcoholic beverages to persons under 21
years of age and to persons who are intoxicated.
To be in compliance with the law:
RASST training is designed to
- Each employee authorized to sell or serve alcohol, their immediate
supervisor and all licensees must be trained in a state approved alcohol
sales and service training program;
- All required employees must be trained within 60 days of hire;
- All required employees must be trained every three years after their
initial training; and
- Each licensee must maintain employment records verifying employee
completion of the required training.
RASST program functions a lot like traffic school for those caught speeding.
By attending, businesses can expect a reduction in fines or other penalties after they’ve
been cited for selling to minors or intoxicated persons.
- Clarify the laws regarding sales of alcohol.
- Reduce youth access to alcohol through retail and social sources.
- Encourage alcohol retailers to comply with existing laws that prohibit the sale
alcohol to obviously intoxicated customers.
- Reduce youth access to alcohol at community events and binge drinking at
- Strengthen employee job skills and reduce the civil liability incurred
when an over-intoxicated customers causes a fatal crash or commits an alcohol-related crime.
RASST training aims to prevent
violations before they occur.