When it comes to workplace substance testing, it’s critical to do it the right way or you leave yourself open to government fines or worse, employee lawsuits. For ideas on how best to implement testing in your company, read on to find what some readers had to say on the topic.
Establish A Written Drug And Alcohol Testing Policy; Use A Qualified Drug And Alcohol Testing Provider
Employers subject to the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) drug and alcohol testing regulations must comply with strict requirements to ensure a safe workplace for their employees and the public.
Establish a written drug and alcohol testing policy
Employers must have a written policy outlining the types of drug and alcohol testing they conduct, the procedures for testing, and the consequences for employees who test positive.
Use a qualified drug and alcohol testing provider
Employers must use a qualified provider to conduct drug and alcohol testing. The [lab analyzing the test] must be certified by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and must follow DOT testing regulations.
Conduct random testing
Employers must conduct random drug and alcohol testing of employees in safety-sensitive positions. The selection process for random testing must be truly random and must be based on a scientifically valid method.
Follow proper procedures for post-accident testing
Employers must conduct drug and alcohol testing of employees involved in accidents that meet DOT criteria. Employers must follow proper procedures for post-accident testing, including timely notification of the employee, documentation of the accident, and testing within the required time frame.
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