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Have InOut Labs create a custom workplace drug and alcohol testing policy. It’s important to document in writing all policies, procedures and consequences.

Employers should have written policies for many things, and a substance abuse policy is no exception. In many cases, a written drug-free workplace policy is required by federal regulations, or in order to qualify for insurance discounts or government contracts.

If you organization is regulated by the US Department of Transportation (US DOT), your written drug policy has specific requirements.

For example, an FMCSA policy must address all 12 points here.

Creating a drug free workplace policy can be overwhelming. Whether you write the drug free workplace policy yourself, or hire a consultant to do it for you, you will have to make some decisions about the drug free workplace policy.

Drug Free Policy Development

You May Need A Written Policy If

  • Your company is required to by Federal regulations, such as companies regulated by the US DOT.

  • Your company has a Federal Grant or you have a Federal Contract

  • It is required by a State law or State agency regulations

  • It is required by a State program granting your company a discount on workers compensation insurance

  • A company you partner with requires it.

  • A client requires it

  • Your workers compensation insurance company requires one.

  • You want to limit exposure to liability in your drug testing program

  • You want to be able to deny unemployment benefits when you terminate an employee for a refusal to test or a positive test.

  • You want to be able to deny workers compensation benefits following an accident when an employee refuses to test or tests positive.

Key Elements Of An Effective Drug-Free Workplace Policy

  • How does the organization define substance abuse?
  • What employee behaviors are expected?
  • What substances and behaviors are prohibited?
  • Who is covered by the policy?
  • When will the policy apply? (For example, will it apply during work hours only, or also during organization-sponsored events after hours?)
  • Where will the policy apply? (For example, will it apply in the workplace, outside the workplace while workers are on duty, in organization-owned vehicles while workers are off duty?)
  • Who is responsible for carrying out and enforcing the policy?
  • What types of drug and alcohol testing will be required?

  • Are any employees covered by the terms of a collective bargaining agreement, and, if so, how do the terms affect the way the policy will be carried out and enforced for those employees?

A Well-Designed Policy Will Include Provisions For

  • Pre-employment testing

  • Reasonable suspicion testing
  • Post-accident testing
  • Return-to-duty process
  • Random testing requirements

The above questions are all addressed when you work with InOut Labs to create a written drug free workplace policy for your organization. A custom policy is created based on your organization’s specifications and regulations you are required to follow.

We can create a custom drug free workplace policy for every state. Policies are also written for state Drug Free Workplace programs for many states including: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Wyoming.

As with any Company policy, have your legal expert review your final draft of your drug free workplace policy before implementation.

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