Drug testing in the workplace, whether it be part of the pre-employment process, or conducted randomly for employees, continues to be a priority for many employers throughout the US. Business owners and HR representatives understanding the importance of not only employee safety, but how a drug-free workplace improves productivity and reduce costs.
At Joe Reilly & Associates, Inc we specialize in the development of drug-free workplace policies for all types of industries. We can help you build a comprehensive policy that touches on all levels of your company.
Benefits of a Drug-Free Workplace
There is a multitude of benefits to implementing a drug free workplace policy. Aside from the obvious increase in safety and security, having a drug free workplace improves productivity, drive and happiness of your workforce.
Employees will feel confident in knowing they work in a drug free environment. You’ll reduce the chances of excessive absenteeism, theft, accidents and/or violence. You’ll have more productive employees and will avoid having to deal with legal troubles if someone is injured on the job because of their drug or alcohol use.
Drug abuse, whether it be marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamines or prescription drugs, has been on an upward trend. As the population of our country grows, so do the number of those abusing illegal substances.
The most common elements of a drug free policy include:
- Pre-employment drug testing
- Reasonable suspicion testing
Additionally, for some industries, particularly companies that are regulated by the Department of Transportation (DOT), additional testing programs are required, such as:
- Random drug testing
- Return-to-duty testing
- Follow-up testing
- Post-accident testing
Drug testing laws vary by state and by industry. Companies that require DOT compliance will have laws that supersede city or state level laws. When developing a drug testing program, it is imperative that you understand the laws as they pertain to your state. Hiring a consultant that is well-versed in the drug testing industry can mean the difference between successful implementation of a drug free workplace program, and failing to address all of the necessary components in your policy.
Joe Reilly has been a leader in the drug testing industry for nearly three decades. The knowledge and experience you’ll get with our consulting firm is second to none.
Creating Your Policy
Your drug-free workplace policy is important and requires time to create. Each state’s drug testing laws and requirements are different and require experience and knowledge about state laws to ensure a complete and compliant policy is created. Check out our free guide to developing a Drug Screening Policy.
When considering implementing a drug-free workplace program, you should also consider involving your employees. In particular, your supervisors as they are the ones who work closely with employees and will be responsible for the task of determining reasonable suspicion of drug or alcohol use by an employee.
A drug-free workplace policy can be created for any company, no matter how big or small. The policy will include everything you need to implement a drug-free program. Your policy will include a comprehensive manual that details all components involved in a drug-free workplace program. When you hire Joe Reilly & Associates to help you develop your drug free workplace policy/program, you’ll receive:
- Nearly 30 years of experience in the drug testing industry
- A team of dedicated professionals to assist with policy creation
- A full evaluation of any existing program you may have in place to determine its efficiency
- Any and all necessary training for your employees and supervisors
- Drug testing programs
Joe Reilly & Associates will work with you to create a customized policy that is compliant with the laws in your state, or your industry. Your policy will include all the necessary forms, current regulations and training materials for employees of all levels of your company.
Education and Training
Employee education, at all levels, is essential for your drug-free program. Everyone in your organization needs to comprehend how the policy will be implemented and understand fully what substance abuse is, how it affects the work environment, and the liabilities a company faces if an employee is using drugs, particularly while on the job.
We’ll provide your staff with the education and training needed to not only understand the policy that is now in place, but how substance abuse can affect your health and well-being.
In addition to training your employees, we can provide you with separate supervisor training. It is necessary for the leaders of your company to be appropriately trained on reasonable suspicion of drug and alcohol use, along with how to handle those situations with respect and sensitivity.