do I establish a drug testing program, step by step?
While setting up
a drug testing program can be a complex process, it doesn't have
to be. We've created this simple guide to show you how to
establish your program in seven easy steps:
1) Find a drug testing
Finding the right provider can make all the difference in
the world. A good drug testing provider, like IHSN, will help you
through the process of setting up your program, step by
2) Set up a clear,
consistent written drug testing policy.
It is important to have a written drug testing policy.
This is essentially a contract between the employee and the
employer. In the policy, the employer states that they are
committed to having a drug-free workplace, and that employees
are not allowed to use illegal drugs or alcohol on the
job. Furthermore, the policy lets the employee know for
what reasons they may be tested, such as pre-employment (as a
job applicant), at random, for reasonable suspicion, etc.
The policy also states the consequences for an employee who tests
positive, or comes forward with a drug or alcohol abuse
problem. A clear, consistent policy is at the heart of
every successful drug testing program. IHSN provides free
resources that you can
use to help create your company's drug testing policy. However,
because the needs of each company are different and laws vary by
state, IHSN always recommends working with your attorney to
finalize your company policy.
3) Establish your
record keeping system
To assist you in orderly and efficiently completing and
maintaining your DOT drug and alcohol testing records, IHSN has
developed a comprehensive set of forms and record keeping
checklists. IHSN's Drug and Alcohol Testing Forms Packet and
Online Compliance and Resource Center are filled with valuable
tools to help you keep your records organized.
4) Find local
facilities to perform collections for you.
No drug testing program can be complete without a location
for your employees to go to be tested. Of course,
you can choose to perform your own collections in house, but most
companies choose to use an outside provider, often
a local hospital, clinic, medical doctor, or chiropractor.
There are also companies that specialize in just providing drug
screen specimen collection services. Of course, if you use IHSN as your drug testing
provider this becomes much easier! IHSN will take care of setting up all of your
for you. We will find and contact the collection sites, ensure that
the sites provide the services to meet your program needs,
provide the site with specific instructions for your account,
and ship the site all of the testing supplies.
5) Train your
supervisors about your program
Effective supervision is key to a drug-free workplace
program. One of the most important considerations is the
need to focus on job performance and avoid attempting to become
a counselor or diagnostician. Supervisors should be able
to recognize patterns of behavior that might indicate employee
problems -- and be prepared to refer employees to appropriate
sources of help. Training for supervisors is essential for
an effective workplace program. IHSN has solutions to help
meet your training needs. See our Training
Materials section for more information.
6) Train/Educate your
employees about your policy and drug abuse.
It is important that every employee in your organization
receives a copy of your drug testing policy, and information
about drug abuse in general. Educating your employees
about drug abuse will help to decrease alcohol and
drug abuse in your organization. IHSN has tools that you
can use to educate your employees. See our Training
Materials section for more information.
7) Consider an
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
A great optional compliment to any drug-free workplace
program is an EAP. An EAP is a confidential service that
helps employees deal with a variety of personal problems that
may be interfering with their work performance. Consulting
an EAP, as with any form of counseling, should be voluntary. More than ever
before, EAP services are available to smaller business at very
affordable (Almost negligible) costs. You may already have
an EAP program in place without even knowing it! Many
health insurance providers bundle EAP services with health
insurance at no extra cost.
IHSN is here to help you
through these steps. Take a look at our drug
testing programs and what sets
us apart from the competition. Then call us at
(800) 880-4444 to receive a customized service proposal.
to IHSN's Drug Testing Essentials