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Tips to Streamline Your Company’s Drug Screening Process

  • Published
  • 17 April 2023
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WorkCare has a team dedicated to helping U.S. companies efficiently manage regulated drug and alcohol screening and non-regulated drug-free workplace programs. While drug screening seems like a routine function, it can be a complicated and time-consuming process for employers.

WorkCare’s clients rely on us to ensure regulatory compliance. We provide timely urine, hair, blood, oral fluid or breath-alcohol testing, results reporting and documentation. Testing may be conducted as part of the hiring process, after an accident, for cause or reasonable suspicion, before returning to work after an absence, randomly or periodically.

We schedule testing at convenient offsite specimen collection locations and perform screenings at some client worksites. This helps employers expedite hiring, minimize work disruptions and respond quickly in the event of an incident. WorkCare negotiates rates with certified laboratories and manages random testing pools to provide cost-effective solutions.

Our drug and alcohol screening team is familiar with detectable illicit and prescription substances that can affect decision-making, alertness, mood and physical reaction times. WorkCare’s Medical Review Officers, who are listed on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, are skilled at interviewing employees about their test results and making informed judgments about their fitness-for-duty.

Streamlining the Process

Here are some tips from the WorkCare team to help employers streamline the drug screening process while complying with federal and state regulations and best industry practices:

  • Understand the type of screenings that apply to your workforce and the circumstances under which testing will be performed.
  • Consult with experts when developing or updating your company’s drug and alcohol screening policy.
  • Inform job candidates and employees about the policy, including reasons for testing and consequences for violations.
  • Train supervisors on policy enforcement and how to evaluate and respond to behaviors that may indicate impairment by drugs or alcohol.
  • Provide reassurance that test results are confidential and that designated employer representatives are only informed about a positive, negative or non-negative result.
  • Be prepared to support employees who test positive for drugs, such as referral to an employee assistance program or community resource.
  • Use your drug testing program to demonstrate your commitment to workplace and community health and safety.

WorkCare’s Medical Exams & Travel capabilities include a secure information technology platform and personalized service. Contact us to learn more about how we help companies streamline the drug screening process, save time and money, and allow human resources and environment, health and safety personnel to focus on other essential functions.