Maintaining a drug- and alcohol-free workplace is a choice that requires careful planning for employers. Creating policies and expectations is only the first step. You also need to educate your employees about them.

“Reasonable suspicion” testing — also known as “for cause” — is one mechanism employers may use to enforce substance-free policies. It’s important to not only train supervisors in the proper procedures to follow, but also to understand how you will support a referral to an agency for assessment in the event the test results confirm use.