What Is The Difference Between DOT and Non-DOT Drug Testing?
Why Would You Use a Non-DOT Drug Test?
When Are Non-DOT Drug Tests Given?
While the actual test is the same, different drug tests are defined by when the test takes place.
A lot of companies have new employees take a drug test before their first day of work. This test helps these companies keep habitual substance abusers out of their workforce and more importantly, promotes a safe workplace.
Using a software program that generates employee names at random, certain random drug tests can be administered monthly, quarterly or just annually if that is the frequency that most closely fits the needs of an employer. Random drug testing acts as a deterrent for habitual drug and alcohol abuse because employees have less of an idea when they may be required to take a drug test.
In the event of a workplace accident possibly causing injuries, compensation claims or even worse, a fatality, finding out if substance abuse was involved is vital for the safety of any workplace. A drug test should be administered soon after an accident as long as a reasonable determination for testing is made, so that traces of substances that may have been present can be detected before they have left an individual’s system.
If you are going to utilize this type of test, you need to have supervisors who are trained to spot suspicious behaviors. They are only conducted if a company official can show reason to believe an employee might be under the influence. If a supervisor is suspicious of an employee’s conduct or behavior and can reasonably show that a person exhibits sign and symptoms of possible drug and/or alcohol use in the workplace.
If an employee previously tested positive for any of the substances being screened for in a drug test and their employer allows them to return to work they are within their rights to administer another drug test.
In the event that an employee successfully passes a Return to Duty drug test and returns to work, it can also be a good idea to test them again, through several unannounced screenings, at various points throughout the next year in order to be certain the substance abuse is no longer an issue. Sometimes referred to as a back-to-work agreement.