Drug and Alcohol Testing Solutions
There are a variety of drug and alcohol testing options for companies and organizations. Tomo understands that Court and Community-Based, Department of Transportation, Drug-Free Workplace, and Student testing programs are designed to detect substance misuse and abuse. With over 25 years of experience, we work with you to create a drug testing program that will meet your needs and industry requirements. Below are descriptions of the most common types of drug testing solutions:
Pre-employment testing typically occurs after a conditional offer of employment has been extended by an employer. Each state has their own laws regarding pre-employment drug screening, so it is vital to know your state’s specific regulations. For example, in Nevada it is illegal to test for marijuana in a pre-employment drug screen unless the position is safety sensitive or falls under the Department of Transportation (DOT).
Reasonable Suspicion Testing
Reasonable suspicion testing is also known as probable cause testing. Reasonable suspicion testing is implemented when supervisors have reasonable cause to suspect an employee of drug misuse. This type of testing requires a clear drug testing policy and comprehensive supervisor training defining what types of behavior and signs justify the screening. Before screening, reasonable suspicion should be confirmed with HR, another supervisor, or manager. Tomo offers in-person and online reasonable suspicion training. You can view our upcoming sessions here.
Random drug testing is performed on an unannounced, unpredictable basis on employees whose identifying information has been placed in a lottery-like testing-pool and are randomly selected. At Tomo, the selection is computer generated to ensure that it is random, and each employee has an equal chance of being selected for testing. This type of testing requires a clear student or drug-free workplace testing policy, or employee understanding of following strict DOT guidelines. With little or no advanced notice, random drug screening is an effective deterrent for employees.
Return-to-Duty testing is a series of schedules drug screens an employee undergoes in their substance misuse treatment plan to return to the workplace. Under federally-mandated testing guidelines, Return-to-Duty drug tests are performed after one of three incidents: a positive drug test result, the violation of a specific drug rule, or the violation of a specific alcohol rule. If DOT, the employee must meet with a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) and complete any treatments deemed necessary prior to completing a return-to-duty test.
Follow-up is generally testing implemented when employees previously test positive on a drug screen or have violated DOT or their company’s drug and alcohol policy. If DOT, the employee must follow recommendations from their Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) and pass the initial Return-to-Duty drug screen in order for the follow-up testing to be implemented as part of the Return-to-Duty agreement.
Post-accident testing is performed after an employee has been involved in a workplace accident which include fatalities, injuries that require a person to be removed from the scene for medical care, damage to vehicles or property exceeding a specified monetary amount, and citations by the police. Post-accident testing assists in determining if drugs and or alcohol were a factor in the workplace accident. This type of testing requires a clear drug testing policy or employee understanding of following strict DOT guidelines. Within the company policy, clearly established guidelines must be determined for how soon after the accident testing must occur.
Other Reasons for Testing
There are various other testing types including: voluntary, probationary, pre-promotion, and return-post-illness.
Tomo Drug Testing is your solution for convenient and accurate drug and alcohol testing.
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