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Video Blog: Top 5 Mistakes Employers Make in Drug Testing

Avoid liability and lawsuits with your drug testing program. Eliminate these top 5 mistakes employers are making in their drug testing programs. Be proactive and manage your drug testing program properly.

No Program, no company policy about drug testing. You should have a drug testing policy. What happens when your employee tests positive? This should be a written policy.

Not using a Medical Review Officer (MRO) to review all laboratory drug test results. This provides an independent set of eyes on your results. The MRO is quality control and rules out legitimate medical explanations for positive drug testing.

Mingling DOT and NON-DOT drug testing. These should be separate. DOT drug testing is mandated by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT). Use the Federal custody and control form for DOT testing and the Non-DOT or forensic custody and control form for Non-DOT testing. The DOT test is authorized by the Federal government, the Non-DOT test is authorized by your company policy so make sure for Non-DOT testing you have a company policy.

Not handling marijuana issues properly. Have you addressed medical and recreational marijuana in your drug free workplace policy? You need to have a policy regarding medical and recreational marijuana. Your company leadership must make decisions regarding legal marijuana.

Who is in charge of the drug testing program, has this person been trained in the drug and alcohol testing process? Is this person engaged in the process? Often called the drug testing program manager or the Designated Employer Representative (DER), this person must be involved in the program, they must be engaged and be educated.

Let us help you with your drug testing program and policy. Assistance is available from National Drug Screening.