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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.

Random drug screening may be used in instances of workplace accidents or if the employer has suspicion that one or more employees may be abusing drugs. Random drug testing may also occur without cause for suspicion depending upon company policy.

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.

Different Test Types

SureHire offers different types of defensible random testing programs to suit individual employer requirements, including:

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

Traditional Random Selection

  • 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.
  • This is the most common type of random drug and alcohol testing program.

Weighted Random Selection

  • People who have not yet been chosen for testing have a greater statistical chance of being selected.
  • Allows for a higher percentage of your workforce to be picked annually.
  • Workers have the chance to be picked more than one time.

Understanding the Results

Depending on the type of testing being conducted, 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, 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.

Please note that 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.

Steps After a Positive Result

If a positive result occurs, a Medical Review Officer will contact the subject 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 subject employee may been required to provide proof of a valid prescription if a positive result occurs.

Random drug and alcohol testing helps 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 Department of Transportation (DOT) approved random number generator to 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.

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. Illegal drug use and abuse of prescription drugs puts your entire job site at risk, and random drug testing can be a helpful tool in identifying users of illegal substances that might prevent them from being alert to potential hazards.

For more information on employer responsibilities and the legal implications of failing to provide a safe work environment, please contact the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS).

Booking

Booking a Random Drug & Alcohol test is simple. Get in touch with us:

Our Contact Centre Agents can assist you with finding the most convenient location within our extensive Canada-Wide network of faciltiies. 

Turnaround

Express Based results are available by the end of the business day, whereas Lab Based results can take up to 2-5 business days. All results are posted in SureLink, SureHire's online results portal where a notification will be sent out to the appropriate individual(s) when the result is ready. 

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:

It can be extremely dangerous to work under the influence of drugs or alcohol. These substances can impair judgement or physical ability and could lead to safety issues for you or other members of your crew. 

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

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.

SureHire ensures a true random selection by using a Department of Transportation (DOT) approved random number generator to give each worker in the pool an equal chance of being selected.

What to Expect

If your number is randomly selected, you will be required to provide a sample for testing. Depending on the type of testing your employer has opted for, you may be asked for a sample of urine, saliva, blood, hair, or to take a breathalyzer test. An analysis of your sample will show the presence of a drug in your system after its effects have worn off. Typical drug tests may screen for amphetamines or methamphetamines, cocaine, marijuana, opiates like oxycodone or heroin, nicotine, and alcohol.

Upon entering the facility, you will first be required to present some form of government-issued photo identification when you come in for your appointment. If you are coming in for a private appointment, payment must be made via credit card while booking your appointment over the phone. You may also have the option to pay via credit card at any Power Centre facility in Alberta only. 

Once your ID is verified, you will receive paperwork to fill out. This paperwork includes an authorization allowing SureHire to perform the test and provide the results to your employer/potential employer. You will also have a short form to fill out indicating your contact information and any prescription or over the counter drugs that you are currently using.

Once your paperwork is submitted, you must not leave the testing facility until testing is complete. If you choose to leave the testing facility, it will be indicated as a refusal to test and considered a fail.

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: 

Know Your Rights

It is the responsibility of your employer to ensure a safe workplace for you and your coworkers. If you or another member of your team is under the influence of drugs and alcohol while at work, the user's judgement or physical ability could be impaired, which could lead to serious safety risks. Therefore, drug and alcohol testing is meant as a tool that some companies use to help protect their employees.

Random drug testing may occur with or without cause for suspicion depending upon company policy or if an accident has taken place at work. Please refer to your employee handbook or human resources (HR) department for more information on what drug testing policies you agreed to when you were hired.

Some companies offer employee-assistance programs to support substance-abuse treatment, but many companies are not tolerant of this issue and it may result in termination from employment. Information on your employer's tolerance of substance abuse can also be found in your employee handbook or by contacting your HR department.

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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