As a private employer, you have the right to implement workplace policies regarding employee drug testing thanks to local, state and federal laws. If you decide to enforce drug testing when hiring, regulatory guidelines require a written policy to be administered. The policy should also serve as an educational tool for potential employees.
If you’re unsure whether or not to implement drug screening for new employees, below are a few reasons you may want to consider it.
If your place of work requires the operation of machinery, manual labor or driving of any kind, it’s smart to drug screen new employees for the safety of everyone. In addition to new employee drug screening, random testing can also be helpful.
State and Federal Regulations
Depending on the industry your company is in, some state and federal regulations may require drug screening. For example, the U.S. Department of Transportation requires drug testing for many occupations related to transportation. Healthcare and education occupations may also be required to do drug testing, depending on the state.
Even if you are not required by law to enforce employee drug screening, it can often serve as a boost to the public perception of your company. Keeping your company transparent will help to gain the trust of the public and will attract consumers to your products or services.
If a drug screening is performed prior to hiring (and random drug testing implemented throughout employment), employees are much less likely to abuse illegal substances. Screening employees shows that your company takes drug use seriously.
If you would like to implement drug screening and/or random drug testing for your potential and current employees, contact the CareNow Home Office at (972) 745-7500 and ask to speak with an Occupational Marketing Representative.
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