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Random Drug and Alcohol Testing

Working while under the influence of drugs or alcohol can be extremely dangerous, both to the user and their coworkers. Random Drug Testing can be a helpful deterrent for reducing substance abuse in the workplace and identifying users that may not present obvious signs that a problem exists.

Implementing a random drug and alcohol program can help employers to reduce the frequency of incidents, promote a culture of safety in the workplace, and facilitate treatment for workers who may be suffering from substance abuse. We use a premium software to perform every random draw which is made to ensure each pull is kept completely random, reliable, and accurate.

SureHire's Random Compliance Tool-kit will include:

  • Random Alcohol & Drug Policy Standard
  • Employee Random Authorization to Participate Form
  • Standardized Template to Submit Employee Roster
  • USDOT Compliant Random Selection Software
  • SureHire Random Co-ordinator Scheduling of Testing
  • Drug & Alcohol Testing (oral/urine lab + breathalyzer)
  • SAMHSA Approved Laboratory Testing
  • Medical Review Officer Services
  • Results Management via the SureLink Portal
  • 15% Discount off Supervisor Reasonable Suspicion Training Course
  • Scheduling of Substance Abuse Professional Assessment (if required)
  • Scheduling of Return-to-Work and Follow Up Testing (if required)

Different Type of Tests

Lab-Based Urine

Testing urine in a controlled lab environment allows detection of the levels of multiple drugs within a single sample. Lab-based testing samples are securely packaged and sent directly to the lab with no results given at the time of testing.

Lab-Based Oral Fluid

Lab-based Oral Fluid Drug Testing can be completed solely or in addition to express testing. The 10 panel Oral Fluid Drug Test will identify the presence of the following drugs:

  • Amphetamines

  • Methamphetamines

  • THC (marijuana)

  • Cocaine

  • Opiates

  • Phencyclidine (PCP)

  • Methadone

  • Propoxyphene (Darvon, Darvocet)

  • Benzodiazepines (sleeping pills, tranquilizers, rohypnol, etc.)

  • Barbiturates

With Lab-Based testing, the Oral Fluid sample is sent to a SAMHSA-certified lab to be tested with standardized equipment that provides a legally defensible quantitative result. This will identify the drug level in the body and the final result can be reviewed by a Medical Review Officer (MRO).

Please note that all Lab Based testing results can take up to 2-5 business days.

Breath Alcohol

Breath alcohol testing is done using a Breathalyzer. It detects the presence of ethanol, which is released with the carbon dioxide in each breath. Breathalyzers are mobile, so these tests can be completed on site.

How often is random testing completed?

An advantage of random testing is its unpredictability. Annually a percentage of the total pool will have been selected, which gives each employee an equal chance of selection with every random draw completed.

Understanding the Results

Typically, if an employee tests positive for a drug, it has been present in their system for less than the period of the drug's half-life. However, the subject's hydration level, the frequency of drug use, and how the drug was administered can all affect how long a drug's presence is detectable in a biological sample. It is important to note that GHB has a very short half-life and can be detected in the urine for only 12-24 hours after it enters the bloodstream.

Steps After a Positive Result

If a positive result occurs, a Medical Review Officer will contact the donor for further questioning. It is important that an employee undergoing urine drug testing complete an accurate history of all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal drug use prior to the time of the sample collection. Certain substances, over-the-counter, or prescription drugs may result in false positives due to cross-reactivity with other substances, although drug testing has evolved greatly over time to avoid this. The donor may be required to provide proof of a valid prescription if a positive result occurs.

Initial screening drugs tests may infrequently result in "false positive" results, although confirmatory lab-based testing greatly lessens the chances of a false positive—to the point of virtually eliminating the risk.


For a more comprehensive list of FAQs on Random testing please click here

SureHire Random Alcohol & Drug Implementation Steps

  • Step 1 – Confirm the company account set up including the random program                    DER
  • Step 2 – Provide the company the Alcohol & Drug Random Policy Standard
  • Step 3 – Provide the company the Employee Authorization to Participate Form
  • Step 4 – Provide the company the standardized template to submit eligible                      employee names
  • Step 5 – Company returns the completed random eligible employee template    
  • Step 6 – SureHire commences random program and provides company with an                enrollment letter

Why should I implement a Random Drug and Alcohol Program?

Random drug and alcohol testing may help to identify cases of substance abuse and, as a result, can help employers to:

  • Facilitate treatment for workers;
  • Improve workplace safety;
  • Reduce the frequency of incidents and Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) claims;
  • Decrease employer liability; and
  • Promote a culture of safety in the workplace.

SureHire's expertise in random testing ensures a true random selection by using a software that is in compliance with the Department of Transportation (DOT). The random number generator will give each worker in the pool an equal chance of being selected. This completely removes the employer from the selection process and guarantees integrity and defensibility.

Random Program Offerings

If your organization has a minimum of 8 employees you have the option to choose which program you would like to administer. If your organization has less than 8 employees it is encouraged to join our SureHire consortium. For a look at what each program entails see below: 

- SureHire Stand-alone Pool SureHire Random Consortium
SureHire Random Program Management X X
Standardized Drug & Alcohol testing X X
Testing compliant with the Canadian Model X X
Workers entered into a consortium - X
Individual Company Pool (does not include additional candidates from other organizations) X -
Prompt Result Notifications X X
Access to follow up programs (SAP, Return to work) X X
Increase workplace safety X X
Personalized Customer Service X X
Designated Account Representative X X
Annual Percentage of Workers tested can be customized X X
Confidential record storage compliance with the Canadian Model and FMCSA X X

All areas with an X are included. 

Legal Implications

All employees have the right to a safe work environment. This right is protected by federal and provincial occupational health and safety legislation, which requires employers to take all reasonable precautions to prevent injuries or accidents in the workplace. Drug use and abuse of prescription drugs put your entire job site at risk, and random drug testing can be a helpful tool to identify substance abuse users and help keep your workforce ahead of risk.

How long are Drugs or Alcohol Detectable?

The half-life of the drug, the subject's hydration level, the frequency of drug use, and how the drug was administered can all affect how long a drug's presence is detectable in a biological sample. Drugs and alcohol also have different detection windows depending on the type of sample provided. More information on specific testing methods can be found through the links below:

What to do with a worker after a positive result?

FAQs

How long are drugs or alcohol detectable?

The half life of the drug, the subject's hydration level, frequency of drug use, and how the drug was administered can all effect how long a drug's presence is detectable in a biological sample. Drugs and alcohol also have different detection windows depending on the type of sample provided. More information on specific testing methods can be found through the links below:

Why would I choose SureHire to administer my Random Program over a site owners?

The SureHire selection process removes the employer completely; while still remaining in full compliance. It also keeps the program open for other owners in the future if they continue the random program throughout other areas within the company, the foundation is already set.


For a more comprehensive list of FAQs on Random testing please click here

It can be extremely dangerous to work under the influence of drugs or alcohol. These substances can impair judgment or physical ability and could lead to safety issues for you or other members of your crew. SureHire conducts a fair way of testing regardless of your job title and a random selection will be based on your job tasks, not your job title. I.e. Volunteer, Foreman, Owner Operator

Random drug screening may be used if an incident takes place in the workplace or if the employer has a suspicion that one or more employees may be abusing drugs. Depending upon your company policy random drug testing may also occur without a cause for suspicion.

The results of random drug screening can help employers to reduce the frequency of incidents, promote a culture of safety in the workplace, and facilitate treatment for workers who may be suffering from substance abuse.

What to Expect

When you are randomly selected by the random program software generator, you will be required to complete a drug and alcohol test.

Preparation for drug testing varies depending on the sample type. More information on the various types of drug and alcohol testing the SureHire offers and how to prepare for them can be found through these links: 

Before the Test:

  • The company will notify the employee that you will be completing your drug and alcohol test; once notified, the employee will have 48 hours to complete the test

  • Bring your government-issued photo ID (driver’s license, passport, military ID, etc.) View the full listing of acceptable ID here

  • Once your ID is verified, you will receive paperwork to fill out

During the Test

All random drug and alcohol test is administered in the same way a traditional drug and alcohol test is conducted. Preparation for drug testing varies depending on the sample type. More information on the various types of drug and alcohol testing the SureHire offers and how to prepare for them can be found through these links:

Urine Drug Testing

Breath Alcohol Testing

SureHire uses the following methods of true random selection to ensure the employer is completely removed from the selection process, guaranteeing integrity and defensibility.

RANDOM SELECTION PROCESS

  • Each individual in the pool has an equal chance of being selected every testing period (monthly, quarterly, etc.).

  • The program does not factor in whether a worker has been previously tested.

STEPS AFTER A POSITIVE RESULT 

If a positive result occurs, a Medical Review Officer will contact the employee for further questioning. It is important that an employee undergoing drug testing complete an accurate history of all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal drug use prior to the time of the sample collection. Certain substances, over-the-counter, or prescription drugs may result in false positives due to cross-reactivity with other substances, although drug testing has evolved greatly over time to avoid this. The employee may be required to provide proof of a valid prescription if a positive result occurs.

For more information on our Substance Abuse Professional Services click here

For a more comprehensive list of FAQs on Random testing please click here

FAQs

How long are drugs or alcohol detectable?

The half life of the drug, the subject's hydration level, frequency of drug use, and how the drug was administered can all effect how long a drug's presence is detectable in a biological sample. Drugs and alcohol also have different detection windows depending on the type of sample provided. More information on specific testing methods can be found through the links below:

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