Program Audits and Policy Reviews
Periodically, a company should evaluate the effectiveness of all their safety policies and programs, including their Drug-Free Workplace Policy and Program. To evaluate a program effectively, management should to take a more comprehensive approach to ensure its true value. This provides your company with:
- a benchmark as to the utilization and effectiveness;
- assurance your company’s policy and program embodies the fundamental components;
- assurance it is legally sound;
- assurance your policy and program are a viable risk management tool; ans
- professional support to make changes to your program as needed.
Conducting a review can be accomplished verbally via conference call or more formally via a written summary. The recommendations include omissions, suggested additions, potential legal pitfalls, and potential cost-reductions, and options for improved return on investment. The following is taken into consideration:
- Is the company using the policy and is it making a difference?
- Is the policy reasonable?
- Is the policy legal, based on federal, state and case law?
- Are all the appropriate prohibited conducts included?
- Does the policy address drug use only?
- How are alcohol consumption, possession and storage addressed?
- Are key terms defined?
- Is the testing being conducted going to provide the best return on investment?
- Are there mechanisms and resources for intervention?
- What are the consequences of a policy violation or a positive test?
“We were very surprised at the reasonable cost for the audit and program. It came at a good time for us in as much as our program is clearly out of date and putting our company and our employees at risk and didn’t even realize it.”
“Having our policy reviewed gave us clarity on what we had and didn’t have in the way of a program and therefore clarity on our next steps to do it right.”