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Drug Testing At Work

Written by Sierra Rein
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There are many laws governing how, when, and the purposes behind drug testing at work policies. Indeed, only a fraction of the 50 states actually allow drug tests to be performed on employees. Of the ones that do, there are usually very strict guidelines regarding the process and how to fully implement a policy that protects innocent employees during the test.

The issues surrounding drug testing at work have fired up a lot of controversy. It is always a balancing act to take into account the personal feelings of employees as well as protect the business from problems associated with drug use. A worker should feel as if the drug tests are not targeted specifically at him while at the same time create a more productive and morally strong workplace ethic.

How to Create a Drug Testing at Work Program

The first thing to do is to write a drug testing policy to be read and understood by all employees. This policy will depend on the state's current and up to date laws, as well as whatever unique issues apply to the company. It should be printed out or xeroxed and handed out to all workers to read, understand, ask questions about, and eventually sign.

Choosing the right drug testing procedure is, of course, also incredibly important. The most cost-effective drug tests can be purchased in bulk and used on the job. Or, you can hire a third-party company to either come to work or organize clinic visits near the business location.


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