What is RAMP?
What does RAMP consist of?
Legislation enacted June 18 of 2001 established a voluntary Responsible Alcohol Management Program certification that provides incentives for licensees who participate. Act 26 of 2006 mandates RAMP for any licensee found guilty of sales to minors or visibly intoxicated persons. RAMP is the umbrella used to describe this collection of training and resources available to licensees and their employees. Completion of the program provides certification for two years. In order to comply, you must complete all parts of the program, which include: Owner/Manager Training, Server/Seller Training, New Employee Orientation, Signage and Certification Compliance Visit.
1. Owner/Manager Training - This component consists of training but focuses on those most responsible for determining daily operations and policies-the owner and manager. In order to comply, an owner and/or manager of record must attend a free training session offered by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. These trainings are offered at various centrally located sites.
2. Alcohol Server/Seller Training - This component consists of training for a licensee's alcohol service staff (this includes anyone who serves alcoholic beverages and/or check IDs) and is conducted by independent trainers who have been approved by the PLCB. In order to comply, at least 50% of the licensee’s alcohol service staff must complete a PLCB approved alcohol server/seller education program. This percentage must be maintained at all times. Upon completion of the program, employees are required to complete a course examination and must receive an 80% or better.
3. New Employee Orientation – Orientation must be provided to each member of the licensee's current alcohol service staff and to each new employee within thirty days of their hire. The Board will provide the licensee with a checklist and appropriate learning methods and licensees must maintain these records.
4. Signage – Licensees shall be responsible for posting signs regarding responsible alcohol service. Signage will be provided by the Board; however, the licensee may use other signage provided that it is equivalent in size, number and content to the Board’s. Signage must be prominently displayed so that it can be observed readily by patrons. Licensees are responsible for maintaining the signage at all times. *Signage shall minimally include the following information: Acceptable forms of ID & Refusal of alcohol service to minors and visibly intoxicated patrons.*
5. Certifications Compliance Appointment and Visit – The final component consists of a compliance visit from your Regional RAMP Representative. After successful completion of the four above listed requirements necessary to receive official PLCB-RAMP Certification, you must contact your Regional RAMP Representative and arrange a time and date for a visit to your establishment to review and complete the necessary documentation.
Benefits to the licensee include:
- Possible reduction in the fines and penalties issued by the Administrative Law Judge to the licensee for serving a minor or a visibly intoxicated patron, so long as the licensee was in compliance with all parts of ACT 141 at the time of the violation and had no citations in the previous four years.
- Possible liquor liability insurance discount.
- Knowledgeable, responsible, well trained alcohol service staff and management.
- Recognition as a responsible licensee in your community.