A Look at Employee Drug Testing Laws

Your business is your lifeblood, and it takes a lot of work to keep it running smoothly. In addition to providing your customers with superior service, you need to have a team of employees that represent your company in a positive and safe light. A drug-free workplace is very important to many employers, and drug testing in the workplace exists for that very reason. State and federal drug testing regulations apply to certain professions, but not others that are left to the private sector. Read on to learn more about employee drug testing laws.

State and Federal Regulations

You may be surprised to learn that most employers in the country are not required to have their employees drug tested. Additionally, there are statutes in place that limit drug testing in the workplace unless it is specifically required by law for certain types of jobs, such as those in transportation. Though private employers are usually not required to test their employees for drugs and alcohol, most still have a right to do so if they choose. Working with an outside drug testing agency can help you put an appropriate substance policy and subsequent testing and enforcement into use.

Testing Procedures

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has established standardized procedures for federal agencies that drug test their employees. A Medical Review Officer evaluates the tests as part of the mandatory guidelines for said testing. Private employers don’t have to follow these same SAMHSA, but it’s a good idea to do so to help stay within the bounds of the law.

Non-Unionized Workers

If your company is non-union, your company may be allowed to administer drug tests to people before they are hired, and while they are employed with you. It’s always a good idea to consult with a legal advisor as well as a drug and alcohol screening service to make sure your testing policies are safe, fair, and legal.

Oschmann Employee Screening Services of Tucson is here to help you make your business and workplace as safe and reliable as they can be. Call us at (520) 745-1029 to learn more about drug and alcohol testing for your workplace.

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