Drug-Free Workplace Policy

A written drug-free workplace policy is the foundation of a drug-free workplace program. Every organization’s policy should be unique and tailored to meet its specific needs; however, all effective policies have a few aspects in common, including:

Why the policy is being implemented. Rationale can be as simple as a company being committed to protecting the safety, health and well being of its employees and patrons and recognizing that abuse of alcohol and other drugs compromises this dedication.

A clear description of prohibited behaviors. At a minimum, this should include the following statement: “The use, possession, transfer or sale of illegal drugs by employees is prohibited.”

An explanation of the consequences for violating the policy. There may include discipline up to and including termination and/or referral for assistance. Consequences should be consistent with existing personnel policies and procedures and any applicable state laws.

Employers are required to have a consent signed by all employees stating they know and have read the drug policy and they consent to drug testing as a condition of employment and a release from liability for drug testing for the company and drug testing lab. Sharing all policies with all employees is essential for success; therefore, employers should be certain that all employees are aware of the policy and drug-free workplace program.

All Accurate On-Site Drug and Alcohol Testing written drug-free workplace policies comply with Federal and State rules and regulations and include all required consent forms. 

Source: Legislative Library, St. Paul, MN 612-296-3398
SAID Item No.:  720
Topic(s):  Laws and Regulations
Sub-topic(s):  State Laws and Regulations

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