Best Practices for Managing Random Drug Testing
Keeping your employees safe at work is a top priority for you as a business owner or manager. One of the most effective ways to do that is to keep the workplace drug-free. Not only does this reduce the risk of accidents, but it also improves productivity. Most businesses already do drug screening on potential employees, but adding a random drug screening program for active employees gives your company another level of protection. Laws governing random drug testing vary by state, but here are some things to consider for companies in the Austin, Texas, area.
Develop a Drug-Free Workplace Policy
Before you begin administering random drug testing, you need to spend some time thinking about your program’s structure. It is best to have a written policy that you share with every employee. Every person subject to the policy should get a copy and sign an acknowledgment that they received it. At a minimum, the policy should describe what kind of tests your company will use, who will administer them, and the consequences of failing or refusing a random test. Your testing partner can help you develop documents that meet the rules in your state.
Avoid a Delay in Implementation
Once your team members know about the policy, don’t wait to start the random testing. If you let too much time pass, employees may try to avoid testing or find a way to alter the test results. For the same reason, don’t announce testing dates in advance, and avoid testing on a regular, predictable schedule. Require employees to report immediately when selected and randomly choose the shifts and days of the week on which testing occurs so that it’s harder to manipulate the schedule.
Choose Employees Randomly
If you have trained your employees that your company uses a random drug screening program, you must make sure that employees are genuinely selected randomly, or you may find yourself in legal trouble. You can use a random number generator to choose which employees get screened each time. Make sure that all employee numbers are in the pool each time. Even if some employees are selected for multiple screenings, that isn’t problematic because all employees had the same odds of being chosen. A qualified testing provider can help you with a random selection system.
Sometimes employees try to bring legal action against an employer if they believe the testing selection process is not random. Some states perform audits to check for randomization of the testing program. The key to navigating both of these scenarios is proper documentation that demonstrates the selection process’s random nature. The maintenance of documentation is another area where a testing provider can help. If the provider generates the drawing, then that provider is responsible for maintaining those records.
Choose ARCpoint Labs of Austin North
The testing provider you choose should understand the nature of your business, and they should be familiar with your Drug-Free Workplace policy. A competent random drug testing management partner brings knowledge of testing tools and parameters, substances for which to test, and recommendations on setting up and operating your program in a way that meets the random drug testing laws in Texas. ARCpoint Labs of Austin North has all the knowledge you need in an effective partner. We can help you make sure that your program meets all the relevant state regulations. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you make your workplace a safer place to be.
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