America's oldest and largest online OSHA compliance resource

Safety Video Store Button       Safety Equipment Shop Button
Home             How to Join             Guest Library             Members Library             About SafetyInfo             Contact Us
   About the Safety Library        How to use the Safety Library            Downloading, Saving and Editing

Top 15 Index

250+ Free Samples
Safety Manual
Ergonomic Programs
Construction Safety
Emergency Plans
Safety Forms
Audit Guides
Technical Sheets
Program Development
Safety Videos
Safety Talks
Training Handouts 


 Accident Prevention  
 Air Quality
 Bloodborne Pathogens
 Chemical Safety
 Compressed Gas
 Confined Space
 Construction Worksite
 Cranes & Slings
 Driver / Fleet Safety
 Drug Free Workplace
 Emergency Management
 Engineering Safety
 Fall Protection
 Fire Safety & Prevention
 First Aid
 Flammable Materials
 Hazard Communication
 Hazardous Materials
 Hearing Protection
 Heat Stress
 Hot Work
 Job Safety Analysis
 Machinery & Equipment
 Material Handling
 Medical & First Aid
 Occupational Health
 Office Safety
 Off the Job Safety
 Personal Protection
 Process Safety
 Record Keeping
 Respiratory Protection
 Silica Safety
 Rules & Policies
 Signs & Labels
 Slips, Trips & Fall
 Terrorism Programs
 Tool Safety
 Vehicle & Driver
 Violence Programs
 Welding & Hot Work


Workplace Drug Testing

There are several different types of employer drug testing programs. Check your State/Local and union contract limitations before instituting any drug testing program

Test all full-time and part-time applicants who are considered for a position. Applicants who test positive will not be considered suitable for employment. Post-accident Employees are tested if they:

• are involved in on-the-job accidents;

• engage in unsafe behavior or activities on the job;

• pose a danger to themselves or others; or

• pose a danger to the overall operation of the company.

Appropriate disciplinary action is taken when tests results are positive.

Reasonable Cause
Employees are tested on the basis of:

• direct observation of drug use or the physical symptoms of being under the influence of a drug or alcohol;

• abnormal conduct or erratic behavior while at work; or

• absenteeism, tardiness or deterioration in work performance which is continuous and repeated over time.

Periodic retesting of employees who have acknowledged substance abuse problems and have participated in or completed substance abuse treatment or rehabilitation programs may be mandated.

Random substance abuse testing is most likely to identify any abusers in the workplace. Selection must include everyone within the company. Everyone should have an equal chance of being selected so there is no chance for subjectivity, favoritism, or manipulation of the process. This option should be implemented with great caution and not without legal counsel.

Announced testing is typically implemented during the annual physical which includes a drug test as one of the many medical tests or procedures. Several issues must be given serious consideration before a testing policy is adopted. A company may choose to have an outside laboratory perform all of the company ’s drug testing or to perform testing on-site. When considering an outside laboratory for testing, the company should verify that the laboratory is a US Department of Health and Human Services National Laboratory certified program. If on-site testing is chosen, it is necessary to have a qualified staff person available to operate the equipment. Also, the testing area must be secured from unauthorized entry and must have a refrigerator and adequate air conditioning. Positive test results obtained in on-site testing should be confirmed by an outside laboratory using an alternative method of testing.

Prior to testing, it is important for the employer to receive written consent to test and to release the test results only to appropriate personnel. An outside laboratory can perform all of a company’s testing so as to minimize the possibility of sample mishandling.


Satisfaction Guaranteed


Other Services
& Products


Videos &
Software Store

Thousands of top brand safety videos & software titles at discount prices

No Shipping or
Handling Charges

Shop now at the Safety Video and Software Shop

Equipment Store

Discount Safety Equipment 
Discounts on over100,000 Products


Visit the Safety Equipment Shop


Safe house signs and labels
     Safety Signs & Labels


Safety Magazine  

ISHN Safety News