Recent Data taken from millions of workplace-related drug tests shows that U.S workers testing positive for illicit drug use is now at its highest level in a decade. Survey respondents who reported drug use said they would be less likely to work for employers that conduct pre-employment or random drug testing.
Because every business and workforce is unique, employers should make a careful determination about which drug testing elements are most beneficial for their workplace. A typical workplace drug testing program includes pre-employment, post-accident, and reasonable suspicion testing. An employer may also decide to include random testing. Random testing is usually more effective at deterring drug use than pre-employment testing because employees do not know when they may be selected for testing.
Here are some suggested best management practices for employers: Develop and communicate a drug-free workplace policy. Enlist an expert to ensure the policy does not conflict with state and federal law. Train management and supervisors on reasonable suspicion identification and documentation. Do routine policy reviews to ensure changes to state and federal laws are comprehended. Many states are changing their stance regarding marijuana use and employer policies need to be updated as these laws evolve.
All employers should have workplace policies established with periodic reviews so their testing program is aligned with current drug use trends. No matter what the size of your company, having a workplace policy is a great weapon in deterring drug use by employees.
Submitted by Annmarie Dallao
ARCpoint Labs of Reading