• Things You Need to Know While Designing a Random Drug Testing Program for Your Workplace

    Designing a random drug testing program needn’t be a difficult process. As long as you keep certain key regulations in mind and respect the privacy and personal lives of your employees you should face few problems in maintaining a safe and drug free environment.
    Here are a few things you’ll need to keep in mind as you formulate your plan:

    1. Plan a Policy: If you want a drug free environment you’ll need to write out a listing that tells your employees that drugs aren’t welcome in the workplace. Have meetings and pamphlets about it and then ask them to sign a waiver verifying that they understand the drug testing policy and keep it in their personnel folder for reference should it come up later. This is the best way to have legal proof that you both have a written policy and that the employee was made aware of it.

    2. Confidentiality: In many ways this is the most important part of a successful workplace drug testing program. Your employees should feel confident and safe in their privacy whether they test positive or not. The results of drug tests should be kept between the employee and their employer, no exceptions.

    3. Plan out Media: Have some pamphlets and signs made up that you can post around the worksite and especially in the break room or over the time clock. It reminds your employees of the policy and makes it clear there isn’t a way to say they didn’t understand it.

    4. What Random Should Mean: This means that you test about 50% of your employees over the course of the year. It also means that you can’t single out certain people. Those who are tested should be well and truly selected at random from your employee rolls. There should also be no prior notice of the testing.

    5. Drug Testing must be Done By a Certified Lab: There are no exceptions. You’ll want to talk to your local Department of Health and Human Services to find out which labs are certified to work in your state.

    6. Verify Your Results: There are plenty of cases of false positives on initial drug tests. Some foods and medications can cause misidentified levels of things such as opiates (poppy seeds), thc (broccoli) and other substances that could show up as false evidence of drug use. Never feel awkward about asking an employee for a second sample if you find it necessary, it’s always better to be certain.

    7. Have Counseling Available: If you are going to have a drug free environment you’ll need to invest in a good counselor who can help anyone who has a positive result or questions about substance abuse regardless of personal use. It offers your employees someone to go to if they had substance abuse problems before being employed at your business as well.

    8. It’s Out of Your Pocket: The cost of these tests need to be paid for with funds from the company, at no point should you expect your employee to pay the cost of being tested. You’ll need to plan out a budget for the costs involved with your drug testing program including the cost of testing for each individual, the pamphlets, signs and other media involved with maintaining your goals.


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