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228 Testing locations in Iowa
Employer Drug Testing Programs
In Iowa, most companies operate as a drug free workplace. Those companies not operating as a drug free workplace run the risk of hiring the left over applicants, many of whom are substance abusers. Drug testing in Iowa for employment purposes must follow SAMHSA/DOT regulations. This includes the use of a Medical Review Officer (MRO) to review and verify drug test results. Employees must be made aware of EAP services if provided; at minimum, an employer must provide information about local services available. A good drug free workplace program includes:
1. Written policy 2. Employee Education 3. Supervisor Training 4. Employee Assistance Program 5. Drug & alcohol testing
The purpose of drug testing in Iowa is —is to enhance worker safety by creating workplaces that are free of drugs and substance abuse or misuse. One tool available to private sector employers is drug testing (inclusive of alcohol testing), that often is coupled with educational efforts as part of a comprehensive drug-free workplace program.
Employer responsibilities when drug testing in Iowa include:
1. Prior to testing, the employer must establish a detailed written drug testing policy that is provided to every person subject to testing and made available for review by employees and prospective employees. Special provisions apply to dealing with minors. 2. Prior to testing, the employer must establish an employee awareness program to include an Employee Assistance Program or a resource file where workers can access help for substance abuse problems. 3. The employer must provide supervisors with a minimum of two (2) hours of training initially, and one (1) hour of training each year subsequently. The initial two hour training must include, but is not limited to, (1) information concerning the recognition of evidence of alcohol and other drug abuse, (2) the documentation and corroboration of employee alcohol and other drug abuse, and (3) the referral of employees who abuse alcohol or other drugs to the employer assistance program or the resources file. 4. In the event of a positive alcohol test in which the alcohol concentration exceeds the level established by the employer—and under certain other conditions—the employer may be required to pay up to $2,000 in rehabilitation costs for the employee in question, depending on employee benefit plan coverage. This requirement applies only to employers with at least 50 employees and only if the employer has employed the employee for at least 12 of the preceding 18 months; the employee is a first-time violator of the employer’s substance abuse policy; and the employee agrees to receive rehabilitation, if required by the employer’s policy. 5. A laboratory doing business for an employer that conducts drug or alcohol tests must file an annual report with the Iowa Department of Public Health by March 1 of each year concerning the number of positive drug and alcohol test results during the previous calendar year.
It is important when drug testing in Iowa to have a comprehensive drug free workplace written policy.
Can an employer test a “problem employee” right now, if the employer suspects the employee is using drugs or alcohol at work? - Drug or alcohol tests of individual employees may be conducted only if the employer has a written Drug Testing Policy and that policy allows for reasonable suspicion testing AND the reasonable suspicion threshold is met, as defined in Iowa law. Employees cannot be singled out for testing, simply because they are difficult to manage.
Drug testing is available in Iowa in all areas including Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Sioux City, Waterloo, Iowa City, Council Bluffs, Ames, Dubuque and West Des Moines.
Call US Drug Test Centers at 866-566-0261 today for immediate service for drug testing and alcohol testing in Iowa!
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