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Testing Post Accident & Reasonable Suspicion, Due Diligence At It’s Best!

Posted by Rita Martin

There has been an accident reported in the warehouse involving the forklift operator. An excellent worker; first event; no one was injured, why send him/her for a post accident drug/alcohol test? For the safety, wellbeing and trust of your employees you should test all post accident events. You should never pick and choose which event by the circumstances. It could open your company up to litigation on fair labor laws.

The worker could be on new medication that is making them dizzy or less responsive. The next time someone may be injured and it could have been prevented.  Or, the employee is not normally a drug user, but just tried it this one time. However, co-workers were aware of it! No worries, if they got away with it, why not the boom lift operator? You could loose the trust of your employees, that you have their safety uppermost in mind.

Your accounting supervisor has reported a major plunder within the department. It has cost you an overdraft when making payroll. After further investigation with the supervisor, one clerk specifically had been causing some disruption within the department, becoming easily agitated and no longer as well groomed as in the past. What is your next course of action? This is reasonable cause for suspicion, even though this employee may have not made the offending mistake. Disruptive attitudes and demeanor may be enough to throw otherwise diligent employees off the attentions at hand. You can test the one employee exhibiting signs of possible drug or alcohol abuse.

Due diligence is your responsibility when employee safety and company liability are at risk.  To better prepare your staff, consider our On-Line Supervisor Training.  At $59 per employee, it is your best bet for securing a well- trained supervisor! http://www.odacsinc.com/training


COVID-19 NOTICE

Starting Monday, May 11th, 2020, ODACS will be open Monday - Friday 9AM-3PM.

- Cape Girardeau location's Haz-Print, TWIC and TSA PreCheck will resume May 11th. Be advised you must schedule through IDEMIA. ODACS does not handle the
scheduling of these appointments.

- Post accident testing will continue to follow established protocols. All other company & personal testing will be handled during the above listed hours. You may also visit our website for On-line Supervisor Training and a listing of all our services. www.odacsinc.com

- To be assured our hours have not changed, call before stopping by. Required persons for testing only please. In order to manage the number of persons within the office at any given time, we ask that you call from outside the office. You may be asked to wait in your vehicle before entering.


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