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Random Drug Testing – Good or Bad?

Organizations that fall under the Department of Transportation (DOT) have mandated drug testing situations. There’s not an option of testing or not testing when it comes to pre-employment drug testing – it’s a must. In addition, employees are subject to random drug testing after they’ve been hired. However if you’re not under DOT regulations, you’ll want to be careful on random drug testing your employees and know your local and state laws.

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Make sure you know your local and state laws before you randomly drug test your employees

Random Drug Testing for DOT

The DOT requires random drug testing. That’s because those under this regulation must comply with safety standards. Those who operate large vehicles, trains, planes, trucks, ships, etc. are all under DOT regulations. It doesn’t only protect the operator and the organization, but such tight safety restrictions are in place to protect passengers and passersby, too.

Random Drug Test Non-DOT Employees

If you don’t have employees who fall under DOT regulations, you will want to read up on your state and local government laws first. Some states allow employers the freedom to randomly send employees for drug & alcohol testing, leaving no time between notification of the test and expectation of specimen collection. While this is the case in some areas, other states and governments are protecting employees fighting back against random drug testing. Some will say “reasonable cause” is needed to drug test employees (such as poor productivity, signs of use or post-accident testing.) Some employees have even tested positive to drug testing, yet still won in legal matters, since the random test was seen as an invasion of rights and privacy.

How to Random Drug Test

Random drug testing is a great way to keep your employees off drugs in the event your state and governments will allow it. Make sure this procedure is written into your workplace drug policy so that all employees know the expectation. It must be clear that you have a no-drug policy and will stick by it. And again – we cannot reinforce enough – make sure you know what your state governments say about it before you implement the policy!

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  1. May 30, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    I agree random drug testing is a great way to make sure your employees are drug free. Thanks for the tip to make sure it is government approved before enforcing the policy. Great post thanks for the insight.

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