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Key Components for Random Drug Testing in the Workplace

Occupational Health

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When Random Drug and Alcohol Testing in the workplace, you must be aware of your current state and federal laws and ensure that your policy reflects your expectations and processes. A well drafted and up to date Drug and Alcohol policy that is effectively communicated to your workforce will promote a unified understanding of what is not tolerated in the workplace. Random drug and alcohol testing can be an effective tool to significantly decrease substance abuse within your company. By randomly testing, it discourages employees from engaging in substance abuse due to their equal chance of being selected within your established selection percentages and time periods.

DOT

For Department of Transportation(DOT) organizations, Random Selection Drug Testing is mandatory. DOT organizations are required to randomly select certain percentages of their workforce annually. For example, in 2016, the Federal Transit Administration has an annual minimum for randomly testing 25% of their workforce for drugs and 10% of their workforce for alcohol. No one working within the organization can administer the test solely because they desire to, there must be processes and training in place to ensure employees are treated fairly.

Under DOT regulations, the selection process must be random and each employee must have an equal chance of being selected. Additionally, DOT organizations need to keep accurate records of every test administered. Luckily, with the passing of Electronic Custody and Control Forms, it will reduce the amount of data entry errors and paper flow. Having a digital system alleviates the tedious processes of tracking down everyone’s Chain of Custody, scanning it into your system, and keeping it up to date and organized.

NON-DOT

Non-DOT organizations have options for the frequency in which random testing is required and the desired percentage of worker’s subject to testing. For example, you can test the desired percentage of your workforce once a quarter, once a month, or the timing that is most applicable to your company. As with DOT, it is important to consider keeping your records up to date and accurate through utilizing digital systems.

Reduce your Liability as an Employer.

The key is to ensure that the process and implementation of random testing is truly random and that each employee has an equal chance of being selected. Issues can arise if an individual feels as though they are being targeted, which can lead to legality issues for the employer. To avoid these inevitable problems, hire a third party administer like Origin. By having another company manage the selection process and having an effective company policy, discrepancies and legality issues will become less prevalent.

 

Keep your company compliant with Origin. Origin can randomly select your employees, digitally schedule your drug tests, manage the entire process, and keep your data organized and up to date. Their digital system prevents data entry errors, saves your HR department time, and eliminates tedious tasks such as scanning and filing. Why carry the liability and headache of managing the random drug selection process when you don’t have to? Consider your options, and Origin will be your number one choice.

 

 

 

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