About Columbia, South Carolina
Columbia is the county seat of Richland County and the capital of South Carolina. The city has a population of over 133,000 people, making it the largest city in the state. The Columbia Metro Area consists of Calhoun, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Richland, and Saluda counties. Forest Acres, Sandwood, Horrel Hill, Lexington, and Killian are some of the cities surrounding Columbia.
The top employers in Columbia are the South Carolina state government, the Palmetto Health hospital system, Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, Palmetto GBA, and the University of South Carolina. There are many corporate headquarters located in Columbia. Colonial Life and Accident Insurance Company, AgFirst Farm Credit Bank, and Ritedose Corporation are just a few.
The 18-acre Finlay Park is the most popular park in the region. It was first dedicated in 1859. The Riverbanks Zoo and Garden houses over 2,000 animals in their natural habitat. Local and global acts come to the Koger Center for the Arts to present musical, dance, and theatrical performances.
Facts About Columbia
SAMHSA Report for South Carolina
Reports published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration estimate that there are 305,000 people over the age of 12 who are dependent or abuse illicit drugs or alcohol in South Carolina. Though Columbia is nowhere near epidemic levels, drug testing and drug free workplace programs help to directly address substance abuse issues in a community.
Legally Mandated Drug Tests in Columbia
US Drug Test Centers can perform drug tests required by probation or court orders. This service can be provided on a daily basis or as necessary. Our drug testing specialists are committed to the highest standards. This ensures properly administered tests and accurate results for drug testing Columbia SC.
Putting the Drug and Alcohol Test Results into Action
The decision you make on how to deal with an employee with a positive drug or alcohol test result should be based on your previously written drug-Free workplace policy. The disciplinary action for the positive drug test should be clearly stated in your policy. If you do not have a written drug-Free workplace policy; this is a problem that needs immediate corrective action. The corrective action is to immediately implement a comprehensive written drug-Free workplace policy. In order to avoid exposure to liability, you need to have a written policy before taking adverse action against an employee. US Drug Test Centers can assist employers with custom written Drug-Free Workplace Policies.
Random Drug and Alcohol Testing for Non-DOT Companies in Columbia
Although not required by regulation, many non-DOT or non-regulated employers often conduct random drug and alcohol testing. These non-DOT programs can be customized and managed by US Drug Test Centers in Columbia.
The best tool employers have for deterring drug and alcohol use in the workplace is random testing. This type of drug and alcohol program saves lives and prevents injuries by assisting employers with identifying workers who have substance abuse issues and help facilitate their treatment. It also reduces an employer's liability. Random drug and alcohol testing programs also benefits employees. Drug testing in the workplace allows employees to easily say no to illegal drug use. It is also a fair way of testing. Computers generate the list of employees to be tested, which ensures that it is indeed random and that each person in the workforce population has an equal chance of being selected for testing, regardless of whether that person was recently tested or not.
Employers are Responsible for Maintaining a Drug-free Work Environment in Columbia
It is every employer's duty to ensure a safe and healthful working condition for all employees. A workplace should be a safe place where all employees can perform their duties with minimum risks. Employers need to establish a program that will ensure that all employees are not in any potential danger arising from injuries or accident due to alcohol and drug misuse.
Supervisors must be appropriately trained to identify signs and symptoms of drug and alcohol use. Pre-employment test, Reasonable Suspicion/Cause test, Random test, Return-to-duty test, Follow-up, and Post-Accident are all examples of situations in which a drug or alcohol test might be given by an employer.
Columbia's Most Accurate Drug or Alcohol Testing
How do I know if the test is accurate? All of US Drug Test Centers' specimens go to a SAMHSA certified laboratory for testing. SAMHSA has an active advisory board that keeps its employees and administrators abreast of current and changing laws when it comes to drug testing. There are Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Employee Drug Testing Programs that must carry consistencies throughout every agency and company that SAMHSA laboratories supplies. The advisory board has professionals that are uniquely qualified in their respective fields to review scientific evidence in the area of drug and alcohol treatment and testing practices.
Have more questions? Visit our FAQs page for answers about your drug test Columbia SC!
We are your complete drug-free workplace solution for employers. We provide drug testing for all reasons such as pre-employment, random, reasonable suspicion, post-accident, and return to duty. We have a state-of-the-art cloud-based software that allows you to order drug testing 24/7, store all drug test results and chain of custody forms (forever), and you can see the status of all completed drug testing. We have random drug and alcohol testing consortiums and follow all DOT rules and regulations to direct your company in the right direction to stay in compliance. We can create drug-free workplace policy manuals specific to your company’s needs, and we provide online trainings. Our online trainings are perfect for company Supervisors to learn what signs to look for if someone might be under the influence. We also have trainings that explain what Supervisors should know about the DOT rules and regulations in regards to the drug and alcohol testing program. We are a part of the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA), and we always stay up to date with all drug testing-related rules and regulations. If you have any questions about state-specific laws regarding drug and alcohol testing, please contact our office and one of our team members will be glad to help you. If your company would like more information regarding setting up a corporate account you can set up an account online or contact us at 866-566-0261.