For overall workplace safety, reasonable suspicion drug testing is one of the most valuable aids an employer can have. Reasonable suspicion testing comes into play when a supervisor has reasonable cause to believe that an employee may be impaired as a result of drug or alcohol use. Supervisors must be properly trained and the policy implemented properly for the policy to be most effective in achieving its goals.
Done properly, the supervisor’s assessment must be based on personal observation of the employee’s behavior. A well implemented reasonable suspicion drug testing policy will train supervisors to recognize signs and symptoms of an employee being under the influence of drugs or alcohol while working. ARCpoint Labs of Southern Maryland offers Reasonable Suspicion Training for employees and supervisors.
Good Policies and Best Practices
Some state laws permit employee drug screening only when reasonable suspicion is present or post-accident. A well-written policy spells protects employers and employees by letting all parties know the criteria and process for testing. A well written policy will include:
- A definition of what constitutes “reasonable suspicion,”
- Based on observable behaviors
- Specifies the consequences of a refusal to submit to the requested screening
- Contingencies for false positives and opportunities for employees to consult with a medical review officer about their screening results.
If there is a need for an employee drug test, call ARCpoint Labs of Southern Maryland.
We can assist in the development of your company’s reasonable suspicion screening policy, train your company’s supervisors in how to best implement the policy, and provide state-of-the-art testing whenever it is needed. Whether you drive the employee to our location or ask us to come to your site, you can rest assured that testing will be done professionally and with as little disruption to your business as possible.
Choose ARCpoint of Southern Maryland for Drug Testing and Supervisor Training.
Call ARCpoint Labs of Southern Maryland today for more information.