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Drug Testing

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by GeoffD, Mar 1, 2003.

  1. GeoffD

    GeoffD PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 2,266

    How many of you with employees drug test them? I do ane feel that it is a must, when you have someone operating equipment in the worst weather for long hours.

    Geoff
     
  2. Pelican

    Pelican 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,075

    After a certain number of employees, random testing is a Federal DOT requirement. I don't recall the number.

    When I was a company driver, I was subject to them, and was picked once. I never had anything to worry about, but they would catch someone dirty now and then. Those guys would get an all expense paid vacation to rehab. Makes you wonder.

    If I suspected an employee, I'd have no problem sending them for testing. I fired one guy who had the stink on his clothes.
     
  3. sno-mover

    sno-mover Senior Member
    Messages: 274

    Any one that objects has somthing to hide.
     
  4. chtucker

    chtucker Senior Member
    Messages: 618

    Out here in the wild west, companies have had trouble getting enough employees to fully staff when they drug tested. Vail Resorts (probably has 2-3k employees) dropped drug testing for hiring. They went to a test only if an accident occured. I don't like the idea of the guy operating the lift and having control of the safety mechanisms being stoned.

    I thought that was the one of the most stupid ideas that I had have ever heard. Wait till the damage is done?

    Besides the property damage, equipment ops and plow drivers could seriously injure bystanders/

    I couldn't get any employees if I drug tested at the brewery (see post about bailing employees out of jail). BUT I wouldn't trust any of them to drive my truck.


    Howard
     
  5. captbo

    captbo Senior Member
    Messages: 112

    In our company policy it states and the emploee signs, "we reserve the right to test" this makes it legal here in Md and we do not have to hire a facilitate

    I get mine from uncle Sam USCG