More Workplace Drug Testing Mistakes to Avoid

In our last post, we outlined three major drug testing mistakes that businesses make. Now, we’re exploring three more errors we’ve seen companies commit, so that your drug testing program is done right.

Workplace Drug Testing Mistakes You Can’t Afford to Make

Not Testing for the Right Drugs

Some workplaces make the mistake of using cookie-cutter drug testing programs, perhaps because it’s easy to do this, or because the corporate branch of your business dictates what sort of drug testing to do. But since the popularity and availability of drugs varies widely by region, it’s never a good idea to assume what works for another business’ drug testing program will also work for you.Drug Testing Mistakes to Avoid for Worcester, MA Businesses

You should consider your employees when designing and implementing a drug testing program to ensure that you’re screening for the right substances. For example, Worcester businesses will want to test for opiates, as our state has a widespread opiate issue.

Using Instant Screens as Drug Tests

Instant results on an employee drug test sound great, right? Yet if your company relies on an instant screen rather than a lab-based drug test, you could end up making some questionable hiring and firing decisions. This is because instant drug tests aren’t as accurate as lab-based testing. Due to mishandling or incorrect collections, they can result in false negatives or false positives.

Not only does this mean you could miss out on top-tier talent and allow possible substance abusers to slip through the tracks — it also means you could face some litigation if a disgruntled potential or former employee alleges that their instant drug screen results were wrong.

Not Using a Professional Drug Testing Company

Unless you are well-versed in all the drug testing laws and regulations in your state — enough to protect you from any lawsuit or compliance issues — then tackling a workplace drug testing program on your own can be incredibly dangerous. When you partner with a professional drug testing company, you ensure your compliance with all local, state, and federal laws, mitigating your risk. You’ll also be sure to stay up-to-date on all new and changing laws, including anti-discrimination ordinances or marijuana laws — which is important in this age where many states seem poised to legalize medical and recreational use of the drug.

In addition, a professional drug testing company will work with an accredited Medical Review Officer (MRO) to ensure that positive drug test results are investigated to eliminate positives due to legal prescription drug use. Since HIPAA prevents you from asking an employee if they are taking prescription medication or making them produce proof of a prescription, a MRO is needed in these cases.

Additionally, a professional drug testing company like ARCpoint Labs of Worcester will follow chain of custody guidelines to ensure that all drug testing is legally admissible. With an instant screen, collection is not documented per AABB guidelines, so any drug test results can’t be upheld in court.

Accurate Workplace Drug Testing in Worcester

Select ARCpoint Labs of Worcester for your workplace drug testing program, and we’ll handle your drug testing the right way. We can assist with workplace drug policy creation and implementation, along with providing professional drug testing services.

To learn more about our drug testing services in Worcester, call (774) 314-9551 today!

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