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Random Drug Testing At Work

Written by Sierra Rein
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Recent reports on random drug testing at work have shown promising results when it comes to safety, productivity, and constructive employee involvement in their work. However, any drug testing program must be handled fairly and without prejudice. "Random" means without pretense or connection to any specific person, time, or place.

The most effective random drug screening programs are those where the workforce itself understands the process and approves the procedure as compassionate and fair. Those who are not under the influence of drugs should feel as though they are not be treated with suspicion, while those who choose to use or be under the influence of drugs while at the workplace should understand the consequences of doing so. After all, they are placing the business and other people at serious risk on a daily basis.

How to Organize Random Drug Testing at Work

It takes a lot of thought and legal processing to create a fully fair and balanced method of drug screening at the workplace. First of all, you must provide a written drug-free workplace policy to be read, signed, and understood by current and future employees, and post drug-free signs around all work areas and entrances to make this policy known to workers and visitors alike. After this is done, organize random tests based on current laws, usually 50% of your employee base annually and at least once a month or every week (depending on the number of employees on the roster).

Make sure there is "reasonable suspicion" if random drug testing at work is performed on a specific employee, and that you have justification for doing so. Of course, always hire a professional and fully equipped company which can handle all your medical lab tests with confidentiality. Double check that the results of these tests are secure and out of sight to protect the innocent as well as those found to have a drug problem.

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