It’s true what they say: there is always room for improvement. Creating effective and efficient drug testing procedures in a workplace can be tricky, but the results are undoubtedly worth it. Your employees will be safer, health hazards will be minimized, and (in some cases) your company will be able to maintain compliance with mandatory federal drug testing guidelines. To ensure that your drug testing program is truly effective, take a careful look at your policy and procedures. Then, use the tips below to learn how to improve drug testing.
How to Improve Drug Testing
Use Certified Collectors.
Choose your drug testing collection service carefully, focusing on certified companies that have many years of experience. Without certification, how can you trust a company to implement a thorough and accurate drug testing procedure? In addition, be sure that their services are easy to use and make sense for your workplace. Your collection service should meet your high standards.
Follow Company Drug Testing Policy in All Situations.
Consistency is key. After you have created a fair and effective drug testing policy for your company, follow that policy in all situations. Consistency is important for both the employer and the employee, creating a meticulous and reliable procedure. This will also protect you from discrimination claims, which can arise if your drug testing procedure or response varies from employee to employee. What is the point of a company policy if you aren’t going to follow it? Trust in your policy, and follow it without fail.
Be Sure Employees Understand the Company Drug Testing Policy.
The best drug testing procedures are built upon a state of trust between the employer and employee. First, be sure that employees learn of the policy when they are first hired. Next, let your employees know how they can access and view your company drug testing policy. For example, you may wish to include it in an employee handbook (note that in some states, a written policy is required by law). Finally, if any updates are made to your drug testing policy, make sure that your employees are aware of the change. Not only will this create a bond of trust, but it will ensure that everyone is on the same page.
Conduct Pre-Employment, Random, Post-Accident, and Reasonable Suspicion Drug Testing.
Employers who are not required by law to conduct drug testing may not know which types of testing are most important. We recommend pre-employment, random, post-accident, and reasonable suspicion drug testing.
Pre-employment drug testing, following a conditional offer of employment, will help you cut down your turnover rate. Random drug testing, due to its unpredictability, is highly effective. Post-accident drug testing, if used after serious accidents to test those workers who contributed to or caused the accident, can be an efficient way to gather insight and legal evidence (which you may need if you face a citation or your workers’ compensation carrier requests it). Finally, reasonable suspicion drug testing is perhaps the most common type, because it is based on facts and common sense. However, it must be completed in a timely manner and follow company protocol.
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!