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Employer Drug & Alcohol Testing (Non-DOT)


Employer Drug & Alcohol Testing (Non-DOT)

Companies all over the United States are implementing drug free workplace programs. The Vaccine Centers are helping employers in all areas of the country to make their workplaces to be healthier, more productive, and safer. If you need help with an existing drug free workplace program or a new drug free workplace then call today to speak with one of our drug testing specialists.

Implementing a drug-free workplace program could be one of the wisest business decisions your company will ever make. A drug-free workplace program will not only protect you from liability issues, but will also ensure worker productivity and limit loss due to theft related to abuse.

Some other key benefits of implementing a drug free workplace:

  • Potential discounts on workers comp insurance
  • Denial of workers comp claims
  • Denial of unemployment benefits
  • Advertise as a drug free workplace - great public relations

Ask your employees: Are you in favor of a drug free workplace? You might be surprised that the overwhelming majority of employees say yes, I am in favor of a drug free workplace. Having a drug-free workplace program in place is a workplace's best line of defense against alcohol and drug problems.

A drug-free workplace policy forms the foundation for a drug-free workplace program; however, it is not the same as a drug-free workplace program. Rather, it is one of five components. In addition to a policy, a comprehensive drug-free workplace program includes supervisor training, employee education, employee assistance and drug testing. The main policy statement should always be that it is a violation of our drug-free workplace policy to use, possess, sell, trade, and/or offer for sale alcohol, illegal drugs or intoxicants.

The Vaccine Center is your complete solution to implementing and maintaining drug-free workplace programs for small and large companies anywhere in the United States. All of our drug-free workplace programs have been carefully designed to be in compliance with Federal and State laws and to help reduce an employer's exposure to liability due to a drug or alcohol-related incident.

The Drug-Free Workplace Program we have developed consists of five main components:

  • Written policy
  • Supervisor training
  • Employee education
  • Drug and alcohol testing
  • Employee assistance program

Employer Drug & Alcohol Testing Services from The Vaccine Center

  • Specimen collection facilities in all areas of the United States
  • Federal government SAMHSA certified laboratories
  • Qualified licensed physician - Medical Review Officer (MRO) to review and verify results
  • State of the art web based system for receiving your drug test results with quick turnaround
  • Electronic ordering of non-DOT drug tests anywhere in the United States
  • Ongoing excellent customer service and ongoing consultation

One of the most important decisions a business can make, is to implement a comprehensive drug testing and drug-free workplace program and policy for their business. With the proper drug and alcohol testing program in place, as an employer, you are protected from liability situations through the drug testing program. Employee drug testing is legal in all States, but the programs must follow Federal and State laws in order to be compliant. We know the different laws in every state, and will put together a program and policy for your business that conforms to all federal and state laws that apply.


Implementing a Drug-Free Workplace Program

The Vaccine Center is your complete solution to implementing and maintaining drug-free workplace programs for small and large companies anywhere in the United States. All of our drug-free workplace programs have been carefully designed to be in compliance with Federal and State laws and to help reduce an employer's exposure to liability due to a drug or alcohol-related incident.

The Drug-Free Workplace Program we have developed consists of five main components:

  • Formal written policy
  • Employee education
  • Supervisor training
  • Employee assistance program
  • Drug and alcohol testing

The Vaccine Center believes that drug testing all of your potential employees and current employees is important because it keeps the moral up in your workplace when employees know they are working in a safe drug free environment with other drug free employees. Some employers that implement drug testing programs qualify for incentives such as reduced costs for workers compensation and insurance.

How and when will I get my employees drug test results?

With our online drug testing software, you can receive your employee drug test results from any computer. All of our drug test results are reviewed and verified by a certified Medical Review Officer. Fast turnaround is as important to us as it is to you. With our online software platform, you can also order a drug test to be completed anywhere in the United States. The Vaccine Center has over 10,000 locations ready to serve you, no matter where you are! Just one phone call to our office can arrange immediate drug or alcohol testing.

Contact The Vaccine Center For All Your Testing and Drug-Free Workplace Policy Needs

Drug and alcohol testing really is serious business for you and your business. The Vaccine Centers are here to help you with any or all of your immediate testing solutions for drug and alcohol testing, DOT compliant testing and programs, and drug-free workplace program needs, as well as establishing an ongoing drug testing and drug-free workplace program for your business. Call today to speak with one of our drug testing specialists.

The majority of employers across the United States are NOT required to drug test and many state and local governments have statutes that limit or prohibit workplace testing, unless required by state or Federal regulations for certain jobs. Private employers have the right to test for a wide variety of substances. It is very important that before designing a drug-testing program you familiarize yourself with the various state and Federal regulations that may apply to your organization.

What to Test for?

Many employers approach this by choosing to test for those substances tested for in Federal drug-testing programs, a 5 panel drug test: amphetamines, cannabinoids (THC), cocaine, opiates and phencyclidine (PCP). Other options include the following:

Nine Panel: Cocaine, Marijuana (THC, cannabinoids), Phencyclidine (PCP - angel dust), Amphetamines (including methamphetamines, also known as crystal meth), Opiates (including heroin, codeine and morphine), Benzodiazepines (such as Xanax), Barbiturates, Methadone, and Propoxyphene

Ten Panel: Cocaine, Marijuana (THC, cannabinoids), Phencyclidine (PCP - angel dust), Amphetamines (including methamphetamines, also known as crystal meth), Opiates (including heroin, codeine and morphine), Benzodiazepines (such as Xanax), Barbiturates, Methadone, Propoxyphene, Methaqualone (Quaaludes)

Ten Panel with Expanded Opiates: Cocaine, Marijuana (THC, cannabinoids), Phencyclidine (PCP - angel dust), Amphetamines (including methamphetamines, also known as crystal meth), Opiates (including heroin, codeine, morphine, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, Oxycodone), Benzodiazepines (such as Xanax), Barbiturates, Methadone, Propoxyphene, Methaqualone (Quaaludes)


4 Elements That Make a Great Drug Free Workplace Program

1. Random Drug Testing

Random drug testing can be an effective tool at detecting drug abuse in the workplace, remember it must be random, a reasonable suspicion situation is not a random drug or alcohol test. Random testing also needs to be immediate after notification of selection. By limiting the time between the selection notices and testing, employers can help reduce the likelihood of employees being able to avoid detection.

2. Address Medical and Recreational Marijuana

Over half of the United States have some type of medical or recreational marijuana laws. However, the federal Controlled Substances Act still classifies marijuana as an illegal schedule one drug. This conflict between state and federal laws puts employers in a tough position. Employers must outline a specific policy to address medical marijuana in their drug testing policy.

Some employers may elect a zero-tolerance drug-free workplace policy, excluding even card-carrying medical marijuana users. Employers that do not have federal or industry regulations, and are operating in states that allow medical marijuana usage, may choose to create a tailored policy that allows medical marijuana usage for low risk jobs, but bans the substance for high-risk positions. The employer must clearly define the policy and communicate the policy to the employees.

3. Implement a Comprehensive Program

Be careful not to just have an ala carte program that is in effect sometimes and not all the time. It is important that all of the employees in your workplace abide by a comprehensive drug free workplace program that consists of the five elements that, together, provide a full, comprehensive management and training program designed specifically to meet the needs of your company. These five elements are a written policy, employee education, supervisor training, employee assistance availability and then finally drug testing.

4. Legal Compliance

Drug testing laws and regulations vary by state, industry, federal contract status, and more, making the management of a drug testing program complex. It is critical that employers understand the myriad of laws and regulations that impact their drug testing program, or they could face compliance risks.

For example, employers should understand the drug screening regulations in the states in which they operate. Additionally, organizations that operate under a federal contract may be subject to even stricter requirements, including the need to ensure a drug-free workplace in accordance with the Drug Free Work Place Act of 1988.

A national company with drug free workplace experts, The Vaccine Center can help an employer navigate through the laws and regulations that apply in order to implement a great drug free workplace program that is compliant with laws and regulations. Our drug testing specialists can help you limit exposure to liability in your drug free workplace program.

The Vaccine Centers recommend several steps that can be taken to safeguard the integrity of your drug testing program:

Here are several steps that can be taken to safeguard the integrity of your testing program:

  • Develop a written policy.
  • Conduct all testing in accordance with SAMHSA's guidelines.
  • Carefully document a sample's chain of custody.
  • Split samples and retain a portion for confirmation testing.
  • Confirm all tests by a test of more sophisticated technology.
  • Have a Medical Review Officer (MRO) conduct a review of the positive results, which includes giving an employee who tested positive the opportunity to provide a legitimate medical explanation, such as a physician's prescription, for the positive result.
  • Keep all test results confidential.
  • Refer employees who test positive to a substance abuse professional for assessment and referral.
  • Train all supervisors and educate all employees on its implementation.

Drug-testing information is sensitive and confidential. Here are several steps that can help ensure this information is handled confidentially:

  • Collect samples in a private and unobtrusive manner.
  • Strictly limit access to drug-testing results to those who need the information to make safety and personnel decisions.
  • Maintain drug-testing information, including test results, in files separate from the employee's personnel files.
  • Discuss positive test results and consequences with the employee in private.

The Vaccine Center is your complete solution to implementing and maintaining drug-free workplace programs for small and large companies anywhere in the United States. All of our drug-free workplace programs have been carefully designed to be in compliance with Federal and State laws and to help reduce an employer's exposure to liability due to a drug or alcohol-related incident. Call today for expert assistance and free consultation.

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