What are the risks today with substance abuse testing?
The current most common legal claims against employers by applicants and employees are in the areas of negligent intentional/unintentional infliction of emotional distress, violations of public policy statutes, violations of civil rights due to unreasonable search and seizure, discrimination, and invasion of privacy. These claims can be minimized with solid policies and procedures that are adhered to consistently and fairly throughout the organization. The key is compliance to using the programs in an ethical and non-discriminatory manner. Q: Do the benefits outweigh the risks described above? A: Yes, the positive rewards of substance abuse testing programs far outweigh the negative risks. Fair and impartial substance testing programs provide numerous advantageous to organizations, including increased workplace safety, reduced accidents, greater productivity, increased morale, and less litigation. Other positive impacts include decreases in substance abuse absences, employee theft, wor
- Can OurHealth provide occupational health services such as injury assessments and referral, substance abuse testing, OSHA paperwork completion, and return to work programs?
- What should I do today to prepare for and satisfy the new testing and education requirements?
- How soon after implementing a substance abuse policy does our company begin testing?