Reasonable suspicion drug testing determinations are one of the most challenging aspects of a drug-free business. Making the determination involves a good deal of supervisor training. They can, however, have a huge impact on productivity, well being, and safety in the workplace. The process includes two members of management documenting and relaying several examples of the employee’s suspicious activity such as the odor of alcohol on the body or breath, erratic or unusual behavior, disorientation or confusion, slurred speech, unsteady standing or walking, etc. At that point, the employer can request the employee be drug tested, but companies should not let employees go to the drug testing facility on their own. If you think they are under the influence, they should not be operating any sort of vehicle. If the reasonable suspicion process is handled incorrectly, an employer could end up unable to terminate somebody that has a positive drug screen result. When properly administered, it can be a fair and reliable testing method to help prevent and detect drug and alcohol abuse.
January 2023 marks the three-year anniversary of the FMCSA Clearinghouse, and with that, a change in verifying drug and alcohol violations of CDL drivers is coming.