Drug & Alcohol Testing Info

Drug & Alcohol Testing Information

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Workplace drug testing is an essential component of a prevention program because it:

  • Serves as a deterrent to continued use of an illicit substance
  • Provides a means to detect and thereby, identify employee or job applicants who are using illicit substances
  • Assists employees in recognizing and admitting their abuse problems so that they may obtain necessary treatment

What is a Drug Free Workplace?

It is an employment setting where all employees adhere to a program of policies and activities designed to provide a safe workplace, discourage alcohol and drug abuse and encourage treatment, recovery and the return to work of those employees with such abuse problems.

5 Steps to Implementing a Drug Free Workplace Program

  1. Prepare a written substance abuse policy.
  2. Train your supervisors
  3. Educate your employees
  4. Consider providing an Employee Assistance Program
  5. Implement a drug-testing program

What are the characteristics of an effective, comprehensive Drug Free Workplace Program?

  • Active, visible leadership and support of the program by the employer
  • Clear, written Drug-Free workplace policies and procedures that are applied uniformly
  • Employee and union involvement in program development of the program management, supervisors, union representatives and employees who are knowledgeable about their roles, rights, and responsibilities under the Drug-Free workplace policy
  • Access to treatment and follow-up for employees who are having abuse problems
  • Methods of identifying alcohol and drug abusers, including drug testing, for the purpose of providing the opportunity for treatment, recovery and the return to work

Why should an employer establish a comprehensive Drug Free workplace program?

  • Compliance with law or other regulations
  • Qualification for insurance discounts, rebates and other incentives
  • Prevention of associated problems, e.g., absenteeism, accidents, injuries, productivity, loss Response to an incident or pattern of substance abuse
  • Expression of support for the majority of employees who do not abuse alcohol or drugs
  • Investment in worker health, safety, and family stability? Marketing of Drug-Free workers and services

Types of Drug Testing

  • Pre-Employment Drug Testing
  • Post-Accident Drug Testing
  • Random Drug Testing
  • Reasonable Suspicion Drug Testing