Lowering Your Liability Through a Drug And Alcohol Testing Policy

In a recent statistic, the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that drug use by company employees can cost businesses billions of dollars yearly from attendance, lower productivity, workplace accidents, etc. When companies have a drug and alcohol testing policy this will lower your company’s risks and liabilities.

A drug testing policy is beneficial to both employers and employees, the policy creates a workplace with less volatility and risk. Also with a drug testing policy, it can create opportunities for employees to seek assistance for a drug and alcohol use problem.

Workplaces can be a dangers place if companies don’t have a drug testing policy. When managing the workplace situations can become dangers and costly in just a couple of seconds if procedures aren’t followed. Not all companies are the same, some need a different approach to drug and alcohol testing. At Noble Diagnostics we can create a drug and alcohol testing policy that meets your needs, and state laws. Don’t know if your drug testing policy meets DOT regulations? Noble Diagnostics will review your drug and alcohol testing policy monthly, quarterly, or yearly to make sure that your company is DOT compliant.

Noble Diagnostics wants to make sure that you decrease your company’s liability, go through the following questions and recommendations that your company could implement:

Are you currently DOT regulated?

If your company is part of the following, then you’re regulated by the DOT (Department of Transportation):

  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)Federal Railroad Administration

  • (FRA)Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

  • United States Coast Guard (USCG)

  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

  • Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)

If you are part of the groups listed above then you need to be aware and have a drug and alcohol testing policy in place, as well as a written policy.

If you are not part of the groups that we listed above, in this case, your company falls under the Non-DOT regulations. If your company wants to, you may want to follow the DOT regulations, or you can write your own drug and alcohol.

Do you have a written drug and alcohol testing policy?

If no, we suggest that you have a written policy as soon as possible. Noble Diagnostics can help you write one and implement it quickly. We gathered a couple of reasons why companies should have a written policy:

  • It will show your employees what is allowed and prohibited in the workplace.

  • It will reinforce workplace safety.

  • It will make the policy clear so that employees know what to do if there was an issue.

  • It will also make it clear when rules are broken what the consequences are.

If yes please continue below.

Has your drug testing policy been up to date recently?

If yes, that’s great, your company is staying on top of what current laws and regulations are.

If no, it’s time to update your drug testing policy to make sure that you’re compliant to DOT/state laws.

Do you have a drug and alcohol testing program in place?

If yes, that’s great. As stated above we can review your company’s drug testing policy monthly, quarterly, or yearly to make sure that your company is compliant with state laws.

If no, it would be a benefit to your company that a drug and alcohol program would be put in place. It only takes one person that doesn’t follow the rules to put the whole company at risk. Don’t have your company become a statistic, incorporate a drug and alcohol testing policy.

Every company is different and at Noble Diagnostics we understand that you might have needs or questions that are not mentioned in this article. If so, please contact us at 877-200-5616 so that we can better discuss your company’s needs.