Federal Government Employee Shutdown

Free Test Program

Terms and Conditions

 

Accredited Drug Testing understands that many Federal Government employees have been required to seek other private employment opportunities due to the Federal Government Shutdown. In an effort to assist those Federal Government Employees with the financial hardship incurred, Accredited Drug Testing will provide any Federal Government current employee one drug or alcohol test at no charge when required to “self-pay” by an employer.

The following conditions apply:

  • Employees eligible to receive this free test must be current Federal Government Employees and must scan or fax proof of Federal Government Employment (Pay stub, Federal ID).
  • Drug or alcohol tests may be scheduled for the following purposes: pre-employment, random, post-accident. This program will not apply to reasonable suspicion testing.
  • Tests may be scheduled at available testing centers Nationwide (in-network).
  • Federal Government Employees who have been required to seek full or part-time employment from non-government agencies may utilize the free test provided they have shown proof that they are a Federal Government Employee affected by the Government shutdown and required to self-pay for the test.
  • Free testing only applies to urine and breath alcohol methods. Hair testing will be discounted by 50% of the standard fee, if required. No other discounts are provided for other testing methods or services.
  • All terms and conditions are final, and this program has no cash value and Accredited Drug Testing reserves the right to make all final decisions regarding eligibility. This program and offer will end upon the reopening of the United States Federal Government ( shutdown ends).

To schedule a drug or alcohol test in conjunction with this program, please call 1-800-221-4291.

It is our hope that all Federal Government Employees return to work soon, and this program will assist in some small way.

James A. Greer, CPCT

President/CEO

Accredited Drug Testing, Inc.

DOT Drug and Alcohol Consortium

DOT Drug and Alcohol Consortium

DOT Drug and Alcohol Consortium

DOT RANDOM DRUG & ALCOHOL 

TESTING PROGRAM

(As required by 49 CFR Part 40)

FOR

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) United States Coast Guard (USCG)
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
Pipeline & Hazardous Material Administration (PHMSA) Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

Accredited Drug Testing Inc (ADT) serves as a consortium / third party administrator (C/TPA) which manages the entire DOT approved Consortium for DOT regulated companies and DOT covered “safety sensitive” employees. The DOT consortium is cost effective and complies with all requirements of DOT 49 CFR Part 40 which mandates that all “safety sensitive” employees be enrolled in a random drug and alcohol testing program.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has strict regulations requiring regulated companies and independent operators (CDL License Holders) be a member of a DOT drug and alcohol Consortium, failure to comply with these regulations can result in significant fines and other DOT sanctions. 

The Accredited Drug Testing Consortium ensures compliance with the DOT regulations and customer service is our number one priority.  Our DOT specialist are committed to serving our DOT consortium members in need of a pre-employment drug test, random drug test or breath alcohol test.

A DOT drug test is a 5 panel urine test and all DOT drug tests require a Federal Chain of Custody form, this is a special 5 page form which must be used when a DOT drug test is administered.  Accredited Drug Testing provides all members of our DOT consortium a package of Federal Chain of Custody Forms to be used when taking a DOT drug test.

When joining a DOT Consortium, it is important that the Consortium staff be fully knowledgeable of all DOT regulations regarding 49 CFR Part 40 and the DOT random drug and alcohol testing requirements. Accredited Drug Testing Inc prides itself on providing accurate and professional information and services regarding the DOT Consortium.

Accredited Drug Testing Inc is fully versed in the DOT procedures for pre-employment drug testing, random drug testing, reasonable suspicion drug testing, post accident drug testing, return to duty drug testing and follow up drug testing.

When you and your company are enrolled in the Accredited Drug Testing DOT Consortium, your company will receive a Certificate of Compliance (email and U.S Mail) and when any of your drivers or other safety sensitive employees are selected for a random test, the DER (designated employer representative) or you, the independent operator will be sent an email and a phone call will be made to ensure that you and your employee are aware of the selection, provided the closest testing center location and any assistance needed to ensure compliance with the DOT random drug or alcohol test process.

Please Note- If you are currently being audited/inspected or found to be in violation by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and you are calling to join the DOT Consortium or schedule a  DOT drug or breath alcohol test, please advise the Accredited Drug Testing DOT Specialist. 

Accredited Drug Testing, DOT Consortium – Easy, Cost Effective with Immediate Compliance!

For immediate compliance with the DOT Consortium enrollment requirement or to schedule a DOT drug or alcohol test call Accredited Drug Testing at (800)221-4291.

Accredited Drug Testing Inc has a special DOT Compliance Package for independent operators (CDL License holders) and other DOT regulated companies.

Complete DOT Compliance Package – Independent Operators/Small Companies Includes:

  • Pre-employment or Random drug test,
  • Consortium Membership (First Year)
  • Supervisor Training
  • DOT Drug & Alcohol Policy
  • Certificate of Compliance

Additional DOT Drug tests may be ordered at a discount when purchasing the complete compliance package.

Call Accredited Drug Testing for additional information and fees (800)221-4291.

To Review DOT 49 CFR Part 40 Regulations- CLICK HERE

Who’s Covered?

  • Truck Drivers- CDL Operators
  • Train Engineers
  • Boat Captains- Officers
  • Airplane Mechanics
  • Airline Pilots- Flight Attendants
  • Pipeline Workers

Additional companies/operators subject to DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing

  • If you or your company operate vehicles with a gross weight rating of 26,001 or more pounds
  • If you or your company operate vehicles which can transport 16 or more passengers. (including the driver)
  • If you or your company operate vehicles which transport hazardous materials.

DOT Random Drug & Alcohol Testing

The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires that all covered employees be enrolled in a DOT approved Random Consortium Selection Program. The selection of any covered employee must be made by a computerized selection process and any covered employee selected for a drug and alcohol test must immediately proceed to take the test once notified.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) determines the percentages that each consortium must select for a drug & alcohol test. As an example the FMCSA Consortium must select 25% of its members for a drug test annually and 10% for an alcohol test.

The Accredited Drug Testing Inc DOT random drug testing program notifies covered employees by email and a phone call and provides the location of the closest testing center for the covered employee to go and take their drug and alcohol test.

Failing to take a random drug or alcohol test once selected can result in substantial fines and penalties by the Department of Transportation (DOT).

Accredited Drug Testing Inc provides a DOT approved random selection Consortium for covered employees who are required to comply with DOT random testing requirements.

Random Testing Requirements For Each Federal Agency DOT Consortium 

  • FMCSA – Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration – 25% drug and 10% alcohol
  • FAA – Federal Aviation Administration – 25% drug and 10% alcohol
  • FRA – Federal Railroad Administration – 25% drug and 10% alcohol
    • MOW (Maintenance of Way) – 50% drug and 25% alcohol
  • FTA – Federal Transit Administration – 50% drug and 10% alcohol
  • PHMSA – Pipeline and Hazardous Materials – 50% drug
  • USCG – United States Coast Guard – 50% drug

DOT Consortium Employee List Revisions

Quarterly each consortium member will be contacted by the Accredited Drug Testing, DOT specialist and asked to update the company’s  DOT Consortium employee list, prior to the random selection draw (add or remove  employees from the consortium). Companies can remove or add employees to the consortium at anytime prior to the selection date. Maintaining an accurate consortium list is an important service provided by Accredited Drug Testing Inc and requires the cooperation of all Consortium Members.

DOT Post Accident Drug & Alcohol Testing 

The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires that any covered employee immediately proceed to take a drug and breath alcohol test in the event of an accident which falls under the DOT post accident drug and alcohol testing requirements.

When possible the covered employee can contact Accredited Drug Testing Inc and the drug and alcohol test can be conducted at a testing center close to where the accident occurred, however on many occasions a post accident drug and alcohol test will require an on-site/mobile drug testing service which can be provided by Accredited Drug Testing Inc.

DOT Reasonable Suspicion Supervisor Training

The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires that all DOT regulated companies educate and train all supervisors in how to detect employees under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol.

Supervisors must complete and successfully pass a DOT approved supervisor training course.

Accredited Drug Testing Inc provides a DOT approved Supervisor Training Course which is web based and which will provide a Certificate of Completion at the conclusion of the course. The course is approximately 3 hours in length and maybe accessed at anytime.

DOT Drug & Alcohol Policy

The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires that any regulated company with two or more employees holding safety sensitive positions covered by 49 CFR Part 40 must have a written DOT Drug & Alcohol Policy and all employees must be provided a copy of the policy. Companies must comply with all requirements listed in the DOT drug and alcohol policy.

Accredited Drug Testing Inc specializes in the development and implementation of a DOT Drug & Alcohol Policy – Call Accredited Drug Testing at(800)221-4291

DOT Additional Requirements/Information

The Department of Transportation only recognizes and authorizes a 5 panel urine drug test and a breath alcohol test for compliance with 49 CFR Part 40.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires that a Federal Chain of Custody Form (5 Page CCF) be used with all drug screens and that all breath alcohol testing devices be approved by the DOT.

The staff of Accredited Drug Testing Inc are certified and trained in DOT drug specimen collections and DOT breath alcohol testing.

DOT Audits/Inspections

The Department of Transportation (DOT) regularly conducts DOT Audits to ensure compliance with 49 CFR Part 40. These audits can occur due to being recently issued a DOT License (New Entrant) or complaints have been filed against the company or a follow up audit due to previous violations.

When a DOT audit/inspection occurs the following primary factors are considered,

  • Pre-employment drug tests on all covered employees on file
  • Random Pool Membership on all covered employees
  • Reasonable Suspicion/Supervisor Training Completed
  • Written drug and alcohol policy
  • Copy of DOT regulations on file
  • All DOT Licenses are current

DOT Physicals

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires that all drivers holding a CDL License must successfully pass a DOT physical to be issued a CDL Medical Card. The Medical Card is valid for 24months and must be renewed every 2  years with a new physical.

Accredited Drug Testing Inc provides DOT physicals nationwide at most drug testing centers and our affiliated medical facilities. All DOT Physicals are administered by an examiner trained and certified by the FMCSA.

Accredited Drug Testing Inc is your “one stop shopping” for all DOT Drug Testing and DOT Breath Alcohol Testing.

To join the DOT Consortium or schedule your DOT Drug Test or DOT Alcohol Test Call, (800)221-4291

Specializing in DOT drug and alcohol Consortium regulations.

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A NJ Commuter Train Crash Kills 1 Injures 100 Passengers

A NJ Commuter Train Crash Kills 1 Injures 100 Passengers

Oct. 10 2016

A NJ Commuter Train Crash Kills 1 Injures 100 Passengers September 29, 2016 – HOBOKEN, N.J. — A NJ Transit commuter train plowed through the barrier at the end of the tracks and crashed into a wall at the terminal killing one person, injuring more than 100 others and unleashing chaos as part of the station’s roof came tumbling down in a jumble of metal.

This accident hurled commuters around on the crowded train and created enough force to knock bystanders to their knees, transforming a historic station into a disaster area around 8:45 a.m. The person who died was a woman standing on the platform, who was hit by falling debris.

Officials said they had not determined why the train, which was carrying an estimated 250 passengers, was traveling at a high speed and failed to halt on the track.

The crash sent passengers flying out of their seats in a violent tumble. Then the lights cut out. Shouts and cries underscored the sense of panic. And after passengers managed to escape from the train, many crawling through its windows, they emerged to find the station a mess of metal beams, smoke and treacherously hanging wires. Water poured from ruptured pipes. The most seriously injured were carried out. Others emerged on their own with blood staining their clothes.

A New Jersey Transit worker said a train is typically supposed to come to a stop about 10 to 20 feet in front of the bumper. Its speed limit while entering the station is 10 miles per hour. Instead, this train barreled over the bumper and onto a concourse, coming to rest at a wall near the station’s waiting area.

The train’s engineer, who was released from the hospital, was Thomas Gallagher, 48, according to Nancy Snyder, a spokeswoman for New Jersey Transit. Mr. Gallagher has worked for New Jersey Transit for 29 years, Ms. Snyder said.

“An extraordinary tragedy,” Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey said, flanked by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York and transportation officials at a news conference near the station on Thursday afternoon.

In all, at least 114 people were injured in the crash, a flood of victims sent to hospitals that forced at least one to set up a triage area for some patients in its cafeteria.


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John Burgos, CPC
Business Development Manager
https://www.AccreditedDrugTesting.com
(800) 221-4291
Accredited Drug Testing Inc
Health Screening USA Inc

Drug Screen To Enter Military Just Got Tougher

 

Anyone out there using prescription painkillers or designer drugs will be having a tougher time joining the military.  In March, the Pentagon released that it plans to expand the number of drugs it screens for in their drug panel.  This change is in response to the prescription painkiller epidemic throughout the United States and the recent popularity of synthetic marijuana.

The following drugs are being added to the US Military Drug Test

  • Heroin
  • Codeine
  • Morphine
  • Hydrocodone
  • Oxycodone
  • Hydromorphone
  • Oxymorphone
  • Benzodiazepine
  • Other sedatives
  • And several synthetic cannabis-like drugs

This change will mean that applicants will be screened for the same 26 drugs that all active duty troops are regularly tested for and per the Department of Defense, the new policy is scheduled to begin on April 3, 2017.

In a recent news release, the Pentagon referenced the change to “the level of illicit and prescription medication abuse among civilians as well as the increase in heroin and synthetic drug use”

The Pentagon expects that this new screening will lead to an increase of approximately 450 additional positives per year.  Currently, of the 279, 400 applicants per year there is about 2,400 that test positive for drugs that were already in the Military Drug Panel.

Applicants who fail the drug test may reapply, however, anyone who fails twice is permanently disqualified for Military Service.  Other Military Branches have stricter drug testing policies and this new drug screening requirement will also apply to Officer Candidates, service academies and enlisted applicants.

 

For more information please contact us at 800-221-4291 or www.accrediteddrugtesting.com/contact

Managing a Dual Workplace: DOT vs. Non-DOT Drug Free Workplace

Implementing a drug free workplace program on its own is a challenging task. Just think about the challenges an employer would face implementing a comprehensive drug free workplace program which consists of DOT regulated employees and NON-DOT employees.  However, an employer who implements a Non-DOT and DOT drug free workplace policy is provided with several benefits relating to the business, employee and general public.

DOT Regulations, Drug Free Policy and Non-DOT Employees

Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations 49 CFR Part 40, are typically referred to as the “Gold Standard” in the drug and alcohol testing industry. Part 40 clearly sets forth procedures in the regulations with respect to implementing and properly maintaining a DOT Regulated Drug Testing Program.

Part 40 also provides guidelines for the procedural requirements if the company receives a positive drug or alcohol test result. Consequently, many companies implement Part 40 regulations and procedures for their own Non-DOT or Non-Regulated drug and alcohol testing programs.

In many cases, some employers wish to expand upon Federal Regulations to include testing for different types of drugs, include additional reasons to test and increase the percentage of the employee random testing pool.

Are DOT Policies Outdated?

Many would argue that the DOT policy is lacking or at the very least a little outdated as it relates to the types of drugs employers are permitted to test for. As Part 40 Currently reads, employers are permitted to test for Amphetamines, Cocaine, Marijuana, Opiates (Codeine, Morphine and Heroin) and PCP.  On the other hand, there are several other forms of drugs widely available, and their use is on the rise.  These drugs are currently going undetected by companies only testing under DOT Regulations.

As an employer, what are your options?

Some best practices we often recommend are that employers have separate policies that work in conjunction with their “Safety Sensitive” DOT regulated employees. Today’s employees are starting to abuse drugs beyond the standard DOT 5 panel drug test, leaving the question of should the employee be tested for additional drugs of abuse?

If employers should desire to test in addition to the DOT Regulated Requirements, they must ensure that all DOT requirements are satisfied first and then must request a second collection and test to be executed under the secondary NON-DOT policy utilizing a NON-Federal Chain of Custody Form.  It is essential that these procedures be standardized and consistently practiced to prevent any potential for discrimination.

Here are some astonishing statistics to consider for your drug free workplace program:

  • “The United States makes up 5% of the world’s population and consumes 75% of the world’s prescription drugs.” – Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • “In the US alone, more than 15 million people abuse prescription drugs.” – Source: Foundation for a Drug-Free World
  • “Most abused prescription drugs fall under 3 categories: painkillers – 5.1 million; tranquilizers/depressants – 2.2 million; stimulants – 1.1 million.” – Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse

 

For more information regarding implementing a drug free workplace program call us today at 800-221-4291 or visit us at www.accrediteddrugtesting.com/drug-free-workplace

 

 

5 Panel Drug Test The Most Common Used

5 Panel Drug Test

5 Panel Drug Test

When determining which type of drug test to take, the most common used by a Drug Free Work Place or for individuals needing a pre-employment, random or post accident test is the 5 panel drug test. This drug screen detects Cocaine, Amphetamine, Methamphetamine. Opiate and Marijuana (THC). The 5 panel drug test is also the test required by the Department of transportation (DOT) and other Federal Government Agencies. Court ordered drug tests in most case’s also use the 5 panel test with alcohol added as an additional screen when required. While 5 panel drug tests are available which will provide immediate results. DOT, court ordered or tests for employment positions that are designated as Safety Sensitive are required  to be sent to a HHS-Certified laboratory and reviewed by a Medical Review Officer . Accredited Drug Testing Inc provides a full range of drug testing services including the 5 panel drug test. For more information or to schedule a drug test today call1800-221-4291.

5 Panel Drug Test

The 5 panel urine drug test should be scheduled by employers, courts, or individuals seeking a professional laboratory test to find out if someone used street drugs in the recent past. The following drugs are included in this screening:

  • Cocaine, Crack
  • Marijuana, THC, cannabinoids, pot, weed
  • Phencyclidine, PCP, angel dust
  • Amphetamines, methamphetamines, meth, crystal meth
  • Heroin, codeine, morphine

FMCSA Establishes National Drug and Alcohol Testing Clearinghouse for Commercial Truck and Bus Drivers

FMCSA Establishes National Drug and Alcohol Testing Clearinghouse for Commercial Truck and Bus Drivers

cdl-clearinghouseOn December 2, 2016, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced a final rule that would establish a National Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse for commercial truck and bus drivers.

The clearinghouse database will serve as a central information warehouse that will contain records of violations of FMCSA’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Program (Part 40) which is required for commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders. The National Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Final Rule goes into effect in January 2020, which is three years after its effective date.

Once the clearinghouse database is established, motor carrier employers will be required to query the database for information regarding current or prospective employees who have unresolved violations of the Federal Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulations that prohibit them from operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV).  The Final Clearinghouse Rule also requires employers and medical review officers (MRO) to report drug and alcohol testing program violations.

“This is a major safety win for the general public and the entire commercial motor vehicle industry,” said FMCSA Administrator Scott Darling.  “The clearinghouse will allow carriers across the country to identify current and prospective drivers who have tested positive for drugs or alcohol, and employ those who drive drug- and alcohol-free.  Drivers who test positive for drugs or alcohol will no longer be able to conceal those test results from employers and continue to drive while posing a safety risk to the driving public.”

The final rule requires motor carriers, medical review officers, third-party administrators, and substance abuse professionals to report information about drivers who:

  • Test positive for drugs or alcohol;
  • Refuse drug and alcohol testing; and
  • Undergo the return-to-duty drug and alcohol rehabilitation process.

Additionally, motor carriers will be required to annually search the clearinghouse for current employees, and during the pre-employment process for prospective employees, to determine whether a driver violated drug or alcohol testing requirements with a different employer that would prohibit them from operating a CMV.

 

Federal safety regulations require employers to conduct pre-employment drug testing and random drug and alcohol testing.  Motor carriers are prohibited from allowing employees to perform safety-sensitive functions, which include operating a CMV, if the employee tests positive on a DOT drug or alcohol test.

In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. § 552a), a driver must grant consent before an employer can request access to that driver’s clearinghouse record and before FMCSA can release the driver’s clearinghouse record to an employer.   After registering with the clearinghouse a driver can review his or her information at no cost.

Congress directed FMCSA to establish a national drug and alcohol clearinghouse as mandated by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).

To learn more about the drug and alcohol clearinghouse, click on this link.

 

Read the full FMCSA press release.

John Burgos, CPC

Business Development Manager
https://www.AmericanrugTesting.com
(855)919-3784
American Drug Testing Inc

Read the full FMCSA press release.

President Trump Addresses Opioid Epidemic

On Wednesday March 29, 2017 President Trump announced that his administration would be creating a new task force which would address the growing heroin and opioid epidemic.

“Drug abuse has become a crippling problem throughout the United States,” said President Donald Trump.

President Trump selected New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to spearhead the commission.

The task force mission is to partner with state and local governments to determine the best methods available or come up with new ways to fight the heroin and opioid abuse problem, which kills an estimated 91 Americans every day.

“I’m thrilled to work with the attorney general…on issues of prevention and interdiction of drugs so that we don’t get people hooked in the first place,” says Governor Christie.

The Growing Opioid Epidemic

This new commission is being created in the most opportune time, as heroin use and option abuse in the United States is continuing to skyrocket.

Columbia University researchers have found that heroin abuse has risen five-fold in the past decade. According to researchers, the biggest jump is among Caucasians between 18 and 44 years of age. The study shows that the trend has been fueled in part by the misuse of opioid prescription drugs.

The Trump administration’s anti-drug task force will also focus on increased law enforcement and addiction treatment.

A report centered around the opioid crisis and potential solutions is one of the immediate actions items of the commission and is expected to be completed by October.

Drug Free Workplace Program

Drug Free Workplace Programs

Drug Free Workplace Programs

Businesses that utilize a employee drug testing program are commonly referred to as a Drug Free Workplace. However, many times companies do not fully qualify as a Drug Free Workplace because the drug testing program which they use does not have all of the components in place which make up a true Drug Free Workplace.

The benefits of being a true Drug Free Workplace can include but are not limited to
• Enhanced Employee Performance • Lower Workers Compensation Rates
• Reduced Job Related Accidents • Improved Employee Moral
• Reduced Employee Absenteeism • Customer Satisfaction

In addition, many companies regardless of size report that being a Drug Free Workplace has increased the quality of job applicants and improved the overall workplace environment.

Also, many states such as Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, South Carolina, Virginia, Wyoming, Ohio, Alabama, Arkansas and Washington provide by law a discount on workers compensation insurance rates provided a business qualifies in accordance with state law.

Any company can benefit by being a Drug Free Workplace regardless of the number of employees, but it is crucially important that any business  maintains the program properly and continuously meets all the requirements.

A properly maintained Drug Free Workplace should include the following:
• A written Drug Free Workplace Policy • Supervisor Training
• Employee Drug Testing • Employee Assistance Program(EAP)
• Employee Education • Drug Free Workplace Signage

Some employers resist implementing a Program because they believe that in the event an employee tests positive, the employee must be terminated, this is not always the case. The consequences for a positive test result must reflect the companies Policy. Options other than termination are available, provided those options comply with the Drug Free Workplace Policy.

Many times companies are confused, have been provided inaccurate information or simply hesitant to implement a Program because of unfounded concerns.

Accredited Drug Testing Inc specializes in providing cost affective and comprehensive Drug Free Workplace Programs which include policy development, drug testing and on-going consultation to ensure that a company is truly a Drug Free Workplace.

For more information regarding Drug Free Workplace Programs, please contact Accredited Drug Testing Inc at (800)221-4291 or info@accrediteddrugtesting.com

10 Reasons To Implement A Drug Free Workplace!

Drug Free Workplace

10 Reasons to Implement a Drug-Free Workplace Policy

Many employers, clients and individuals often ask us “what are the benefits of a drug free workplace?”

Often times employers are hesitant on implementing a Drug Free Workplace Program because they believe that if an employee tests positive the employee, must be terminated.  This may not be the case, consequences for a positive test result must reflect the companies Drug Free Workplace Policy.  One option is termination; however, employers may offer a second chance provision rather than termination if it is specified in their Drug Free Workplace Policy.

Why should I implement a Drug Free Workplace Program?

Employers often as what are the benefits of a drug free workplace program.  Below are the top 10 reasons or steps to implement a drug free workplace policy.

1. Create a written drug free workplace policy

Create and implement a written drug free workplace policy.  To create a drug-free policy at work, a business has several options. All policies should be in writing, effectively communicated and documented that is was delivered to all employees.

2.  Reduce Workplace Injuries

Implementing a drug free workplace will assist you in creating and maintaining clear rules and consequences of using drugs or alcohol during work.  This would help create a safe environment which would help reduce drug or alcohol related accidents and/or liability issues.

3.  Increase Productivity

Typical side effects of drug or alcohol use include absenteeism, tardiness or lack of productivity.  Furthermore, employees who use drugs are more likely to job hop three or more times in a year than non-users. Help prevent these behaviors by instituting a drug-free workplace policy, setting the company standard and holding workers accountable.

4.  Promote A Safe & Healthy Work Environment

By implementing a drug-free workplace program, employers will demonstrate a commitment to having a safe, healthy work environment.

5.  Lower Workers’ Compensation Claims

Studies have shown that drug users cost employers twice as much in workers’ compensation claims and medical expenses as non-users. By reducing drug use among employees, you can help lower workers’ compensation claims and save money.

6.  Lower Workers’ Compensation Premiums

Many states have instituted Laws that provide a discount on workman’s’ compensation premiums to encourage businesses to implement drug-free workplace programs.  States with such laws include Florida, Georgia, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.  Employers in these States have the ability to receive anywhere from 5% and in some cases as much as 10% credit if they qualify as a State Drug-Free Workplace Program under the statute.

7.  Employee Education

A proper drug-free workplace program should contain an educational component that notifies employees on the health and safety risks drug use imposes.  This education should be ongoing and documented.

8.  Demonstrate To Your Employees Your Vested In Them

A drug-free workplace program demonstrates to employees that you have a vested interest in their health and safety. By providing helpful resources, such as education, training, confidential hotline numbers or names of treatment centers, you demonstrate your commitment to seeing your employees get help and improve their quality of life.

9.  Overall Cost Savings Improve The Bottom Line

Benefits from implementing a drug-free workplace program include lower absenteeism, increased productivity, reduced workers’ compensation filings, and fewer accidents. Additional savings include improved employee morale, creativity and emotional stability.

10.  Potential for Federal Government Contracts

If your business wants to be eligible to qualify for a Government contract, you must have a drug-free policy in place. Under the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1998, companies seeking contracts with the government must maintain a drug-free workplace. Additionally, the Department of Transportation requires anyone working in a “Safety Sensitive” position be actively enrolled in a random testing program and in many cases have a drug-free workplace policy

For more information on the benefits of implementing a Drug Free Workplace, call us today! (800)-221-4291 or click here to submit your request.

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