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Posted:  24 Jul 2008 14:52
Do you have drug testing policies and procedures you are willing to share?  We are looking for a general structure, as well as different ideas, to include as we try to bring our policy into the 21st century.  Indidvidual comments on success stories as well as pitfalls are also sought.  Our attorney provided general guidance, but we are looking for specifics that may apply to a multi shift plastics manufacturing operation. 

Please send to Rick Smith,, or Dan Cunningham,  Or post a reply here. 

Dan Cunningham
Posted:  24 Jul 2008 21:48
At Metro Plastics we do new employmee drug screening within the first 30 days of employment. The employee is notified of the drug screen requirement on our application and during the employment interview. In some cases the prospective employee will decline employment when this is explained. We also tell them, prior to employment, that we do random testing and mandantory testing if they are involved in an accident on the job
Once the employee starts the drug test is scheduled on company time or the employee is paid for the time allowed for the test if they work an off shift. The employee is not notified in advance when the test is to be taken. The surprise factor is necesary.

If the employee comes to us admiting a drug problem, we work with them on a probationary program.  They must enter a program and be willing to have their councellor speak with us and pass future random screening. Any violations during or after the probation is cause for immediate dismissal.

We are considering in house testing to reduce cost. If anyone has done in house drug screening I would like to hear from you.

Lindsey Hahn, Metro Plastics
Posted:  24 Jul 2008 22:05
Our Policy isn't as formal as Metro's but similar.
a) Drug testing is required prior to employment
b) We reserve the right to do random, however, we don't at this point
c) We do drug testing for all employees that are involved in accidents

Kelly Goodsel
Posted:  28 Jul 2008 19:50
At York Imperial we test only when an accident is reported. This has served us well and is a minimal expense compared to at hire and random.

Bob Holbrook
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