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Drug Testing in Nonprofits

By Alexa Connelly
August 16, 2012

It may not be federally mandatory for the employees or volunteers that work for your nonprofit to be randomly drug tested, but it is highly recommended to consider it. This is not invasive, it is a policy that will make sure your volunteers and employees are meeting state and local policies. Even if your company has a drug-free workplace policy, do you follow up with this regularly? After all, the policy is in place for a reason, to avoid physical injuries for someone and damage to your property. If someone gets hurt at your nonprofit it is most likely a worker’s compensation or volunteer liability insurance claim, unless they were under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, then these types of claims would not be covered.

When creating and implementing a random drug test policy keep a few things in mind:

  • Tell your volunteers and employees why you are adding this policy to your nonprofit and be honest and upfront with them.
  • Be firm and clear when going over the rules and consequences for being caught under the influence of drugs.
  • Documenting all violations and keeping records of positive drug tests is important in case it is needed later.
  • Search for a reliable testing company or over the counter testing kits to avoid falsified tests.

By implementing a drug testing policy in your nonprofit organization, you are eliminating a risk of uncovered liability claims or lawsuits.

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