Random Drug Testing: A Valuable Tool for Creating a Drug-free Workplace
An Integral Part of a Bigger Picture and Best Practices to Consider
By Bill Nee, VP Sales/Marketing uVera Diagnostics
Random drug testing, also known as “spot” drug testing, is one of several ways you might conduct your workplace drug testing. It involves doing unannounced testing on one or more employees at a time, based on a random selection process (sometimes accomplished by using computer software).
The advantages of a random selection process include:
- No bias is involved in choosing who will be tested; all employees stand an equal chance of being chosen.
- Because employees might be randomly selected at any interval, they won’t be able to game the system. Just because an individual was randomly selected for a drug test today, doesn’t mean they will automatically be excluded from testing in the near future or even on back-to-back testing occasions.
Random testing helps give employees the assurance that your company doesn’t play favorites when it comes to workplace drug screening. Moreover, the element of surprise is a deterrent to employees who might otherwise abuse drugs if they knew in advance when they would be tested.
Random Drug Testing: An Integral Part of a Bigger Picture
For random drug testing to be as effective as possible, it should be part of a clear and well-communicated employee drug testing policy.
Maintaining a drug-free workplace can help employers:
- Reduce their company’s liability risks.
- Lower workers’ compensation insurance premiums.
- Avoid hiring job candidates who might pose a safety risk to themselves or others.
- Recognize when employees have alcohol or drug problems and facilitate getting them the help they need to overcome an addiction.
- Create a safer and more harmonious work environment.
- Reduce absenteeism.
- Increase productivity.
- Reduce theft in the workplace.
For random as well as pre-employment drug testing keep in mind that every business and industry has its own unique needs and rules that it must follow, so it’s critical for a drug testing program to address your company’s specific goals and meet whatever legal requirements apply.
Drug Testing Laws
Regulations concerning drug testing vary from state to state and also according to industry and whether the company is under federal contract. Other factors might also affect what a business’s drug testing policy includes and how drug testing is administered.
Laws to prevent discrimination and protect workers—such as The American Disabilities Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, National Labor Relations Act, and Family and Medical Leave Act—also impact what’s allowed when establishing and executing a workplace drug testing policy.
Also, some employers, such as federal contractors, must implement a drug-free workplace according to the rules set forth by the Drug-Free Work Place Act of 1988.
Businesses regulated by government authorities such as the Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, and the Department of Health and Human Services have additional requirements they must meet.
With so many variables and the potential legal impact, it’s critical for employers to understand their obligations. A human resources specialist and/or attorney can serve as valuable resources while developing a sound policy that will serve your business well while complying with all laws and regulations.
Random Drug Testing Best Practices to Consider
1. Ensure that the selection process is truly random.
An employee that believes you are singling them out and selecting them disproportionately more often than other employees might claim your drug testing process is discriminatory.
2. Don’t wait too long between selection and testing.
After you have notified randomly selected employees that they will be tested, keep the interval short for carrying out the testing. The more advance notice you give employees, the higher the risk you’ll run of some workers finding ways to escape detection. One effective way to limit the time between when you notify an employee and when you conduct the test is by having drug-testing kits, like those from uVera Diagnostics, available at your workplace.
uVera Diagnostics has a variety of FDA 510(k) cleared and CLIA waived test kits that are affordable, convenient, simple to administer, 99 percent accurate, and fast in providing results.
Set to SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) cut-off levels, our urine drug test kits are used by businesses and organizations in a wide range of industries from staffing to medical to criminal justice to construction and more.
Among our most popular testing kits is our CR3 Drug Test Cup. This patented test cup has an innovative design (including a large opening, slanted top, and snap-shut lid) that simplifies the process for drug test administrators. The CR3 Drug Test Cup is a keyless split-sample cup that comes in 5-panel, 6-panel, 10-panel, 12-panel, and 14-panel options. To start the test, all you need to do is twist the bottom, and you will have results in approximately 5 minutes. A residual sample is saved so, if necessary, you can use it for GC/MS confirmation.
Also widely used because of its convenience and fast results is our All-in-one Urine Drug Test Cup. This one-step urine test uses an integrated test cup and is available in a variety of panel options (5 panel, 6 panel, 7 panel, 10 panel, 12 panel).
We have many other drug testing kits, as well, that you can use for random drug testing. Contact us today if you have any questions about how we can help you fulfill your drug-free workplace initiative.
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Posted by Bill Nee, VP Sales/Marketing uVera Diagnostics and Co-designer and Developer of the CR3 split-sample drug test cup. Bill has 27 years in sales management and marketing and is a 12 year veteran of the drug testing industry. As a parent and co-worker, Bill’s energy is focused on drug testing on every level. Addiction is all around us in alcohol, prescriptions and street drugs, and that is a constant reminder a drug free society starts with each and every one of us.
This information is meant for awareness and education purposes only. Any medical or life saving advice should come from experts. Always consult with your physician about any and all drugs. If it is an emergency, dial 911 or call emergency services.