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Have you ever wondered if there is a way to ensure that your employees are performing their job duties safely and effectively? Do you have concerns about substance abuse in your workplace? If so, you may want to consider implementing a reasonable suspicion testing program.

What is Reasonable Suspicion drug testing?

DOT reasonable suspicion testing, also known as "for-cause testing" or "probable-cause testing”, is a type of drug and alcohol testing that employers may use to determine whether an employee is using substances while on the job. Unlike random drug testing, a reasonable suspicion test is initiated when an employer has a reasonable belief, based on specific and objective observations that an employee is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The observations could include physical symptoms, behavioral changes, or even reports from other employees.

How can an employer determine reasonable suspicion for drug testing an employee?

Here are some physical, psychological, and behavioral signs of substance abuse an employer might watch for in employees:

Physical Signs
  • Bloodshot or glassy eyes
  • Dilated or constricted pupils
  • Sudden weight loss or gain
  • Slurred speech or impaired coordination
  • Unusual smells on breath, clothing, or body
  • Shakes or tremors
  • Track marks on arms or legs (if the drug is injected)
Psychological Signs
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety, agitation, or paranoia
  • Depression or apathy
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Memory problems or blackouts
  • Hallucinations or delusions
Behavioral Signs
  • Changes in attendance, punctuality, or job performance
  • Increased accidents or injuries
  • Unexplained absences or disappearances
  • Inappropriate or risky behavior
  • Poor judgment or decision-making
  • Increased conflicts with coworkers or supervisors
  • Financial problems or requests for loans or advances
  • Neglect of personal hygiene or appearance
  • Secretive or suspicious behavior

To conclude, conducting reasonable suspicion drug testing is crucial for maintaining a safe and productive workplace. By identifying employees who may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, employers can prevent accidents and injuries, minimize liability, and promote a culture of accountability and responsibility.

goMDnow: Conducting Reasonable Suspicion Drug Testing with Professionalism and Efficiency

goMDnow provides a comprehensive process to help employers conduct reasonable suspicion drug test professionally and efficiently. Our process includes the following steps:

  1. Supervisor Training
  2. Documentation
  3. Coordination of Drug Testing
  4. Analysis of Test Results
  5. Guidance on Appropriate Action
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