Reasonable Suspicion Drug Testing
Health Screenings USA provides reasonable suspicion drug testing for DOT and NON-DOT regulated companies in the event that an employee is suspected of being impaired or under the influence of an illegal drug or due to alcohol consumption. It is important that when an employer conducts a reasonable suspicion drug or alcohol test that the suspected employees behavior and appearance be observed carefully by a supervisor or manager who has received training in how to detect illegal drug use impairment and all physical, behavior and performance factors relating to a reasonable suspicion determination must be documented.
Employers must ensure that all steps relating to reasonable suspicion drug testing and alcohol testing be included in their drug free workplace policy and that all employees are fully aware of what steps will occur if a supervisor believes an employee is under the influence of an illegal drug or alcohol while at work or performing work related duties.
Refusal to take a reasonable suspicion drug test or alcohol test is grounds for termination or other disciplinary action. When requiring an employee to take a reasonable suspicion drug test, the employee should be transported to a testing center location by a supervisor to ensure that the safety of the employee and others is not compromised. Employees who are taking a reasonable suspicion drug or alcohol test should not drive themselves to a testing center location.
Reasonable suspicion drug testing is an important tool when determining employee impairment on the job or when challenging a workers compensation claim or unemployment compensation case. Any employer who conducts reasonable suspicion testing should ensure that reasonable suspicion drug testing is part of the companies written drug free workplace policy and all employees are fully aware the reasonable suspicion drug testing will be conducted in accordance with the company’s drug testing policy.