How to Implement a Drug-Free Workplace

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Implementing a drug-free workplace may help cut down on workplace accidents.

Whether you established your business many years ago or are a new business, it may be time for you to think about implementing a drug-free policy in your workplace. Many studies have shown tangible evidence that establishing a drug-free workplace increases the costs of medical claims, accidents, insurances, and absenteeism. Substance use in the workplace can also mean diverted managerial time, a high turnover rate, a damaged reputation, and damaged equipment. All of these things can hurt your business in the long run. So how do you implement a drug-free workplace? Read on to find out.

Establish a Written Policy

When trying to implement a drug-free workplace, it is important for you to start with a written policy. Sit down and think about how this policy will affect your business and the employees. For a drug-free policy to work out, it must be written out in order to have it reviewed by a lawyer and the insurance companies. Legal counsel should also review the policy before it is shared with the employees. To establish a written policy, you will have to clearly outline the expectations regarding drug and alcohol use. It should include training for both supervisors and management staff in order to train them on “reasonable suspicion” and to establish a protocol for dealing with employees with visible signs of impairment. A written policy should also include education for employees about the dangers of drugs and alcohol and information on an Assistance Program that provides counseling.

Know the Law

Before establishing your drug-free workplace, it is important to know the laws in your state. Many states only allow certain types of testing while others do not allow post-accident or post-incident testing.

Determine the Type of Drug and Alcohol Testing

Another decision you will have to make is to determine the type of drug and alcohol testing you will be doing in your business. Many companies with a drug-free workplace choose to do a pre-employment test as well as a random test. A random test is done on an unannounced, irregular basis for employees who are arbitrarily selected. This test will serve as a deterrent for the employees as it does not give any notice of when they will be tested. You could also choose a reasonable suspicion test, which is conducted if supervisors observe signs or symptoms of drugs that are outlined in the written policy; post-accident/incident; periodic, which is done on a regular basis; and a return-to-duty test, which is conducted when an employee who previously failed a test has sought treatment and is ready to return to work. These tests can also be conducted a number of ways including hair, urine, saliva, and blood.

Before implementing a drug-free workplace, it is important to know what is in store. For more information on setting up drug tests for your facility, call AIR Pre-Hire today!

Implementing a Drug-Free Workplace WITH AIR PRE-HIRE

AIR Pre-Hire in Reisterstown, MD, conducts accurate and verified universal background screening, so you will have thorough background checks on your employees. Here at AIR Pre-Hire we don’t simply check the basic information, we dig deep to identify inconsistencies and make sure your potential employees (as well as existing employees) are acceptable for hire. This is the human element of our custom pre-screening service. You can count on us for timely, verified pre-screening and employee re-screening.