Testing current employees and job applicants for the presence of drugs and/or alcohol is a complex issue, involving myriad, and often conflicting, state and federal laws. Specifically, the form that drug and alcohol policies must take, how the testing must be conducted, and when an employer is allowed to conduct drug and alcohol testing may vary greatly depending on the circumstances of the test and the work being performed.
For many years, SMACNA has had Substance Testing Guidelines in place to assist members and chapters with the process of negotiating and establishing a testing procedure.
The guidelines have been updated and improved to include the many legal changes that have occurred over the past several years. The new guidelines include a whitepaper from Felhaber Larson and a chart comparing laws by state and a sample testing policy to assist you through the process.
Please read SMACNA’s Substance Testing Guidance and other substance abuse reference materials on SMACNA’s labor relations page.