A good employer will want to ensure that the working environment in his or her organization is drug-free; in fact, it is his or her responsibility to do so.
After all, the prosperity of a company and the welfare of its employees are affected by the use of illicit drugs.
There are many consequences of the proliferation of drug users in an organization—from on-site accidents, decreased productivity and profit, absenteeism, and the compromised safety of the employees.
Therefore, adequate drug testing has become a vital part of every employer’s policies. It reinforces the well-being of the working environment, cuts down on the cost of health care and other types of compensation, and in general, causes an organization to be more productive.
Drug screening decreases abuse in several ways, as employees face certain situations such as:
- The possibility of getting caught
- The consequences of getting caught
- The consequences might be so severe, to the point of losing their jobs
The effectiveness of any employer drug testing depends on how well the organization draws up the company’s drug testing program.
Based on the best practices utilized by organizations, here are some steps that you can follow in formulating an effective drug testing program for your company.
1. Create a clear and comprehensive drug screening program. Usually, it is the HR department who will draft it, but the strong support of the employer and management team is needed as well.
This policy must undergo the scrutiny of the company’s legal department and conform to state and federal laws.
2. Create an awareness of this policy among all the members of the firm. You will need the drug testing policy to be completely transparent, and the details concerning the processes of the collection of samples, chain of custody and analysis of results must be made clear to all the employees.
3. Choose the appropriate method for conducting drug testing depending on your company’s needs. There are different ways to perform drug screening—with benefits and drawbacks to each. For example, you can choose between random and regular drug testing.
Some experts believe that it is better to perform only random drug tests as they yield accurate results. You can also make a choice between having professionals collect the samples, or have your employees self-collect them.
4. Choose the appropriate method for collecting the specimen. There are drug tests that use samples from employees’ hair, bodily fluids or saliva. You need to decide upon which drug test you want to perform.
What you choose for your company will depend on your business’s specific needs. Each type of specimen differs as to for how long there is a detection of drugs in the sample.
5. Hire a professional drug testing company for the analysis of the results. Only results from medical professionals are considered valid.
You can trust these companies’ results to be accurate, and that they will do the testing efficiently and discreetly.
6. Observe a strict documentation policy for all drug screenings conducted. It is best for companies to keep reports, records and results of every part of the testing process.
The process starts from the time the employee is notified, to the chain of custody of the collected sample, to the results of the screening submitted to the company. Keeping all the records safe will protect the company in case of lawsuits and audits.
7. See if your insurance provider can help you out by giving you rebates. Some companies are providing medical, liability and worker’s compensation insurance that give incentives to companies that provide drug testing.
Your company might qualify for this, which would help make the process more cost effective for you.