When to Test Employees
Deciding when to test your employees depends on your organization’s Drug Free Workplace policy and the regulations governing your employees (e.g. you have employees who must comply with DOT drug testing regulations). Regardless of your situation, CDT can provide the following testing:
Pre-Employment: Potential employees can be pre-screened for existing substance abuse problems allowing employers to make informed hiring decisions.
Post Offer: When a new employee does not begin work after one month of receiving an offer of employment, the employee can be retested.
Random: Existing employees are tested on a random, unannounced basis using a statistically valid method.
Reasonable Suspicion: An employer may request additional testing when there is reasonable suspicion based on articulated facts that the actions, appearance or conduct of an employee indicate the use of alcohol or an illicit substance.
Post Accident: Testing may be indicated following a worksite accident that occurs during the operation of equipment or performing any work related activities provided the accident results in injuries that require medical attention away from the scene or death. Testing should be conducted within eight (8) hours following the accident, and should not only include the victim, but also any individuals who were directly involved or whose actions may have contributed to the accident.
Follow-up Testing: An unannounced random test of an employee for a specified period of time after completion of a substance abuse rehabilitation program
Implement a Drug Free Workplace
Need a Drug-Free Workplace? CDT Can Help You Decide
In 1988, the Drug-free Workplace Act was passed, requiring all federal grantees and recipients of federal contracts valued at $100.000 or more to provide a drug-free workplace as a condition of receiving federal money. In a drug-free workplace, all employees adhere to a program of policies and activities designed to provide a safe Workplace. The policies and activities discourage alcohol and drug abuse and encourage treatment, recovery and the return to work of those employees who have abuse problems. Even if your organization is not required to have a Drug-Free Workplace Program, your organization can still benefit. A successful Drug Free Workplace Program can lead to:
workers compensation costs
employee discipline problems
CDT can help you implement a Drug Free Workplace Program with the following services:
Consultation to help you identify your program testing needs
Development of policies and procedures
Drug and Alcohol testing at SAMHSA certified laboratories
Program Administration Services
Random selection service
Employee notification for random testing
Data base management of up-to-date current/active employees for testing
Company summary reports
Chain of Custody forms
National collection site network and assistance locating the nearest qualified collection site)
Medical Review Officer Services
Electronic result reporting via email, fax or web site