A recent study from the University of Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions (RIA) finds that “It’s only when employees think their supervisor knows how to detect substance use…and is willing to do something about it…that employees’ drinking and drug use on the job decreases,” according to Michael Frone, PhD, senior RIA research scientist and research associate professor of psychology.
API Global offers solutions to assist the development or improvement of your Workplace Drug and Alcohol Policy
Prior to the administration of “Reasonable Suspicion” screening, consider the following:
- Does there appear to be unusual behavior taking place (e.g., illegal activity, policy violations)?
- What specific behavior is visible? (document on form)
- Does the situation involve an individual employee or a group? (document)
- Are reliable witnesses available? (document)
- What are the physical dangers of taking or not taking action?
- Is the situation serious enough to call security or law enforcement? (document)
- Is there a specific policy that applies to the situation? (document)
- Is it necessary to call in expert consultation with HR, the EAP, a health specialist, or security? (document)
- Does the situation call for reasonable –suspicion testing? Drug and/or alcohol?
- Is this an opportunity to prevent a problem from escalating?
Documenting observations and responses is important. It can help to have another supervisor there as well.
API Global also offers fully compliant Supervisor Training classes in Reasonable Suspicion throughout the year to meet federal mandated requirements.
Our Team of trained and certified individuals will respond to your needs in our offices Monday thru Friday 7:30am to 5:30pm or to your facility should the need require.
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