Arkansas Drug Free Workplace Program
(Arkansas, Act 1552 of 1999-Rule 099.36)
The State of Arkansas has established the “Arkansas Drug Free Workplace Program”. It is the intent of the Arkansas Legislature to promote drug-free workplaces in order that employers in this state be afforded the opportunity to maximize their levels of productivity, enhance their competitive positions in the marketplace, and reach their desired levels of success without experiencing the costs, delays, and tragedies associated with work related accidents resulting from substance abuse by employees.
How To Become An Arkansas Drug Free Workplace?
Accredited Drug Testing Inc provides full compliance with Arkansas’s Drug Free Workplace Act, for an employer to be certified as a Arkansas Drug Free Workplace. To be certified, the business must implement and maintain all requirements of the Arkansas Drug Free Workplace law.
In addition to providing all of the services needed to comply as a Arkansas Drug Free Workplace, Accredited Drug Testing Inc has drug testing centers in all Arkansas cities.
Employers wishing to be certified as a Arkansas Drug Free Workplace must complete an application and submit the appropriate fee to the Arkansas Board of Workers Compensation. The board will then review the application along with all required documentation relating to the drug free workplace program and upon satisfaction that all the requirements of the Arkansas Drug Free Workplace program have been met the board will issue certification.
Annual Certification Required- An employer must be certified annually and must maintain the Arkansas Drug Free Workplace program during each year the employer receives the Arkansas Department of Labor Workers Compensation discount
Accredited Drug Testing Inc will work with your insurance agent to insure that any available discounts are provided for implementing and properly maintaining a Arkansas drug free workplace.
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To Become a Arkansas Drug Free Workplace Call – (800)221-4291
The State of Arkansas encourages all businesses regardless of size to be a Arkansas Drug Free Workplace and compliance with all requirements of the Arkansas Drug Free Workplace Program and can provide many benefits for a Arkansas employer.
Benefits of a Arkansas Drug Free Workplace include
Additional Benefits For The Employer
In addition, to receiving a discount on workers compensation insurance costs a employer certified as a Arkansas Drug Free Workplace may also have a defense in the event of a unemployment compensation claim or employment practices litigation arising from the discharge of an employee who has tested positive and violated the Arkansas Drug Free Workplace Law.
Arkansas Drug Free Workplace Program Saves You Money $$$
Arkansas companies that qualify as a Arkansas Drug Free Workplace can receive a 5% discount on the workers compensation insurance policy, if the employer has properly implemented and continuously maintains all of the regulatory requirements of the Arkansas Drug Free Workplace Program.
This premium discount will be applied to the insured’s policy pro rata as of the date the employer receives certification and will continue for a period not to exceed four years. Certification is required for each of the four years. Thereafter, any premium discount is determined from the experience rating plan of the employer, or by the State Insurance Commissioner if the employer is not experience rated.
Arkansas Drug Free Workplace requirements include
- A written drug and alcohol policy (distributed and acknowledged by all employees)
- Employee drug and alcohol testing program
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
- Drug testing must be conducted by a certified laboratory
- Drug test results must be verified by a Medical Review Officer
- Completion of a Arkansas Drug Free Workplace application (workers compensation credit)
- One time only, prior to testing, all employees and job applicants for employment shall be given a notice of testing. In addition, all employees shall be given a written policy statement from the employer which contains all of the following: (1) A general statement of the employer’s policy on employee substance abuse which shall identify: a. The types of testing an employee or job applicant may be required to submit to, including reasonable suspicion or other basis used to determine when the testing will be required. b. The actions the employer may take against an employee or job applicant on the basis of a positive confirmed test result. (2) A statement advising an employee or job applicant of the existence of this article. (3) A general statement concerning confidentiality. (4) The consequences of refusing to submit to a drug test. (5) A statement advising an employee of the Employee Assistance Program, if the employer offers the program, or advising the employee of the employer’s resource file of assistance programs and other persons, entities, or organizations designed, to assist employees with personal or behavioral problems. (6) A statement that an employee or job applicant who receives a positive confirmed test result may contest or explain the result to the employer within five working days after written notification of the positive test result. (7) A statement informing an employee of the provisions of the federal Drug-Free Workplace Act, if applicable to the employer.
- In accordance with rule 36 an Arkansas employer must ensure that at least 60 days has elapsed between a general one time notice to all employees that a Arkansas Drug Free Workplace Program is being implemented and the effective date of the program.
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The Arkansas Drug Free Workplace statute requires an employer to conduct pre-employment, reasonable suspicion and post-accident drug testing, random drug testing is optional.
Employers who do conduct random drug and alcohol testing must ensure that the company’s drug and alcohol policy state that random drug testing will be conducted. Random drug testing selection must be conducted in an impartial manner utilizing a random selection program which is administered by a computer program or other neutral process.
Accredited Drug Testing Inc offers a complete Georgia Drug Free Workplace program which includes compliance with all requirements and the scheduling of all required drug and alcohol tests at a drug testing center located close to your home or office.
Accredited Drug Testing Inc has drug testing centers in all cities throughout the State of Arkansas and scheduling a drug test is fast and easy. To schedule a drug test call (800)221-4291.