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Tom Fulmer Interviews Mr. Joe Reilly, President of National Drug Screening.
Here is the Q&A:
Tom: You may not have woken up today thinking that, "You know I really need a drug testing policy for my company." But, you may have had several of your employees wake up this morning or even late last night thinking, "I certainly hope they don't start drug testing today."
Most employers don't just wake up and say, "Hey, I need a drug testing program in place." You usually have some kind of reason for that. I'm sure that you get a lot of calls of people saying - either it is a new company or an existing company and they want to start a drug testing program or a drug free workplace policy. How do you address that when they call and request that?
Joe: We begin by identifying what type of drug test they're going to do and what drug test panel because, there's lots of different drug testing panels. There is a five panel, there is a 10 panel, there is a 10 panel with extended opiates and there is alcohol testing. Then we identify where they're located. They might have multiple locations around the country. We can certainly handle that. Or, they might be a freestanding location for example maybe it is one location in Orlando, Florida and we would set them up with a specimen collection facility that is very close by. The specimens would be collected. They will go out to a SAMHSA certified laboratory for the analysis and then the results will come back to our medical review officer (MRO) for the final review and verification. Then the appropriate person at the company would receive the results from us via our online computer drug testing software system.
Tom: Okay. So, once they get the drug testing program set up, do you find that they also all need a drug free workplace policy? Should, they have a drug free workplace policy or sometimes should you review the current drug free workplace policy that they currently have in place.
Joe: Yes. Just as I mentioned a couple of minutes ago the drug-free workplace policy is really important. So, that is part of the conversation that we have with every single company that calls us. Do you have a drug-free workplace policy? And, if you do not we can work towards helping you to get a written drug-free workplace policy in place. Because, the worst thing that can happen is if you drug test somebody, they come up positive and then they say, "What do we do now?" It is essential that they have a policy in place to deal with any adverse action that they might want to take.
Tom: A lot of times they are asking about random or reasonable suspicion because they had maybe one person who was the reason for the call in the first place. So, how does that come into play?
Joe: Well, the random testing is a really important part of a drug-free workplace policy. For DOT required drug testing the random testing is actually required. For non-regulated companies the random testing is an option but it is a deterrent factor. It is what reminds the employees not to use illicit drugs. So, we really encourage employers to always have random testing even if it is as simple as one person per month or a couple of people per quarter. That is because random testing is a deterrent to drug use and it is also an early identifier of drug use were perhaps we can get someone the help that they need, they can then come back to work and then lead a productive lifestyle.
Tom: Excellent, and do you find that some people confuse the random testing with the reasonable suspicion testing. How they tie that to the policy at times?
Joe: That is a great question Tom. That is because we get a lot of calls from companies. They will say, "Mr. Reilly can you help us? We want to do a random test on Bob tomorrow. He has been acting funny and we have heard some rumors that he might be using drugs." Well, the first thing that I need to caution the employer is that, this is not a random test. It might be a reasonable suspicion test if a trained supervisor has seen signs and symptoms that that person may be under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol while working. So, if you are going to do a test based on suspicion then call it what it is. It is a reasonable suspicion test. There is nothing random about it.
Tom: I think that is important to note and quite a few other things that you have said here. If you're getting ready to start a drug free workplace program or policy. Make sure that you reach out and talk to someone like Joe who can make sure that you get things done correctly.
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