Wondering what to look for in a drug testing program? To ensure that your program is fair, focused, and effective, you will need to spend some time carefully planning the protocol. Who will you test? Will you test before offers of employment, randomly, upon suspicion, or under other circumstances? How will you put your drug testing program into action? If you’re new to the world of workplace drug testing, use the tips below to iron out the kinks of your new program.
Components of an Efficient Drug Testing Program
Clear and Thorough Policy
A clear policy is at the core of every effective drug testing program. Take your time when establishing your policy, as it is essentially a contract between you (the employer) and your employees. Begin by explaining your commitment to a drug-free workplace and your expectations for employees. Then, explain when employees will be tested: pre-employment, at random, upon reasonable suspicion, following an accident or injury, etc. After that, state your penalties for employees who test positive for drug use. Laws vary by state and every company is different, so it is strongly advised to review your policy with an attorney. Above all, be sure the policy is clear, thorough, and consistent.
Provide every employee with a copy of your drug testing program. Not only will this help decrease drug use in your workplace, but it will also ensure that no one is caught by surprise (which could cause anger, resentment, or even legal concerns regarding compliance with state or federal law). You may also provide additional drug and alcohol abuse education, which is often incentivized by many states and insurance companies. Employee Screening Services can provide educational training for employees.
Reasonable suspicion recognition training emphasizes a focus on job performance, teaching supervisors to recognize suspicious patterns of behavior that could indicate an issue of drug abuse. Federal DOT regulations mandate supervisor recognition training, and it is also strongly encouraged (and in some cases incentivized) for drug-free workplace programs. Be sure your supervisors know the correct protocol for reporting suspicious behavior. Employee Screening Services offers public training sessions that you can attend, or sessions can also be customized to meet specific client needs.
Efficient Record Keeping System
To create a consistent and orderly program, you will need to establish an efficient record keeping system. Complete and maintain drug testing records promptly and develop a comprehensive set of forms (your drug testing provider may be able to help with this). Keep the system organized and private.
Experienced and Reliable Testing Provider
Finding the right drug testing provider is a vital piece of the puzzle. Find a provider with experience, excellent customer service, and advanced technologies who will help you through every step of the process, creating a customized solution that works for your company. In addition to program administration and compliance services, look for a provider that offers education and consulting. Your provider should make drug testing better for your organization in numerous ways, going above and beyond your expectations.
If you’re looking to implement a drug-free workplace through pre-employment or random drug testing, contact Employee Screening Services. Based in Springfield, St. Louis, and Kansas City, Missouri, and Indianapolis, Indiana, we offer customized solutions to make drug testing simple, and our nationwide network of clinics and providers allows ESS to be available anytime, anywhere. For a free needs analysis, give us a call today at 1-888-379-7697 or contact us online. We would be happy to help!