Drug and alcohol screening is an important component of your drug-free workplace program. Learn more about drug and alcohol screening expertise and insights for your business.
Workplace drug and alcohol screening (aka "drug and alcohol testing"). For most employers, this is a scary subject. The administrative burden, costs, and legalities can strike fear in any business. Luckily, Screensoft is here to solve these challenges.
Implementing a drug and alcohol testing program for your business is a significant undertaking. One common method of reducing these challenges is by joining a drug testing consortium. Most employers don't realize there are five common types of drug testing consortia. Each has their own advantages and disadvantages. If you plan on joining a drug testing consortium, it's important to identify the right model for your business.
On November 13th, 2017, the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) published a final rule in the Federal Register. These changes will affect all DOT-regulated employers. They'll also have an impact on State aka "Non-DOT" workplace drug testing programs. Employers with workplace drug testing programs should understand the impact that these changes will have.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) changed its drug-testing program regulations. They've added four semi-synthetic opioids to the DOT drug testing panel. DOT regulated employers should understand how this affects their drug testing program. Employers should also take steps to stay in compliance.
In January 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revised the Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs for urine drug testing. These go into effect October 1, 2017. Employers should understand how these may affect their Department of Transportation (DOT) workplace drug testing programs. Also, they should be proactive in implementing any changes.
At the core of any successful drug-testing program is a written policy. And despite what you may have heard there is no such thing as a "model," one-size-fits-all drug testing policy.
The most important report for the Department of Transportation's (DOT) drug and alcohol program is the DOT MIS data collection form. The DOT uses this form to inspect your drug and alcohol testing history. Whether you're required to submit this form or not, you can use it to learn about your DOT drug testing program. We'll show you what to look for and how to audit your DOT drug testing program anytime.
There are obvious reasons for drug testing in the workplace such as improving safety. For other reasons, you may have to take a closer look. Case studies have shown that drug testing in the workplace can improve employee health and increase productivity. Investing in drug testing is an expense but, there is a large return for your human resources department.