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Drug-Free Workplace Policies Mandated in New Hampshire: Will Massachusetts Follow Suit?

New Hampshire recently made headlines for a drug testing law passed by the New Hampshire House of Representatives that would be the first of its kind in the United States. Passing with a vote of 289 to 48 on January 22, 2014, the measure — H.B. 597-FN — would mandate that all licensed health care providers and facilities would maintain a drug-free workplace through mandatory drug testing.

What exactly does the law entail, and what are its potential impacts on Massachusetts businesses? Here’s more on New Hampshire’s drug testing bill.

Mandating a Drug-Free Workplace: New Hampshire’s Bill

What are the goals of the drug-free workplace law?

According to the text of the law, its goals are to protect patients and health care workers themselves by encouraging a drug-free workplace in all health care facilities, as well as discouraging illegal drug use off the clock. It also aims to dissuade the illegal seizure of prescription drugs by workers at health care facilities.

How can businesses comply with the drug-free workplace law?

Drug-Free Workplace Policies Mandated in New Hampshire: Will Massachusetts Follow Suit?In New Hampshire’s drug-free workplace law would apply only to licensed health care facilities and providers, which does not include collection facilities or laboratories. In order to adhere to the law should it be passed, these businesses would need to establish workplace drug testing practices, particularly in cases of reasonable suspicion. Employees, contractors, and any licensed agents of health care facilities providing direct care to patients would need to be included in the drug testing.

In addition, health care facilities would need to appoint an employee or a team of employees to implement and monitor a drug-free workplace policy customized for the size, type of services offered, and environment of the facility. Along with drug testing, the policy would have to cover the following:

  • General drug-free workplace education of health care workers
  • An outline of procedures used to monitor, store, distribute, and procure controlled substances used at or dispensed by the health care facility
  • Procedures used for self-referral of addicted employees
  • Procedures used for co-worker reporting
  • An outline of the employee assistance provided by the facility
  • Information on employee confidentiality
  • Procedures for investigating, reporting, and resolving misuse or theft of drugs by health care workers
  • An outline of consequences for employees breaking the drug-free workplace policy

Will Massachusetts implement a drug-free workplace law?

Though the New Hampshire bill has not officially passed, it remains to be seen whether any other states will draft similar laws, particularly neighboring states like Massachusetts that also have issues with prescription drug abuse.

Should Massachusetts follow suit, ARCpoint Labs of Worcester, MA can be your health care facility’s partner in developing an effective drug-free workplace policy.To learn more about our drug testing or drug-free workplace services, call (774) 314-9551 today.

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