Choosing whether or not to implement a drug testing policy for your workplace can be a difficult decision. While society is taking a more relaxed view of casual drug use, employers are still held liable for workplace actions involving drugs and alcohol. Implementing a drug testing policy is one of the best ways to protect your organization from liability… and lawsuits.
A wrongful death suit was filed against Ford Motor Co. for failing to drug test an employee. A full-time employee of Ford collapsed at work and was brought to a hospital, where he later passed away. A toxicology report showed that this employee had marijuana, fentanyl, and alcohol in his system at the time of death. Ford Motor had a workplace drug policy, but they failed to implement it. The lack of supervision prompted employees to use drugs and alcohol while at work. The claim was filed stating that Ford was negligent with its workplace practices, which ultimately led to the death of this individual.
As the acceptance of illegal and recreational drug use rises throughout the US, the need for a firm workplace drug policy has never been more critical. Employers are held responsible for the actions of their employees while on the clock, especially when employers are willfully negligent of safety measures in the workplace and their own company policy. Choosing not to have a drug testing policy, or choosing to have one but not implementing it, can have serious negative consequences that may reflect poorly on your company.
Knowing what drugs to test for, what method to use, who and when to test, and how testing should be done can be confusing. Luckily, Blueline has you covered. Our experts can help you develop a workplace drug policy that is tailored to your organization’s every need.