Business owners and hiring managers should be familiar with a wide range of tests and background checks. Among all the screening tools at their disposal, Return-to-duty drug testing is one of the most important.
What Is Return-to-Duty Drug Testing?
Return-to-duty drug tests (or RTD for short) are applied to employees who have previously tested positive for illicit substances or violated a company’s substance policy.
According to federal guidelines, a return-to-duty test is performed after one of the following incidents:
- A positive drug test result
- A refusal to test
- The violation of a specific drug or alcohol rule
These guidelines require that any employee that tests positive for illicit substances must participate in a treatment program and take a return-to-duty test before returning to safety-sensitive functions.
Federally mandated workforces (or companies that follow Department of Transportation regulations) are governed by these specifications. Companies in the general workforce, on the other hand, are generally able to set their own rules.
Some common examples of positions where RTD tests are applicable include;
- Truck and bus drivers
- Train engineers
- Subway operators
- Ship captains
- Pipeline emergency response personnel
Why Are Return-to-Duty Tests Important?
Return-to-duty tests help maintain a drug-free workplace, which in turn increases productivity and bolsters the safety or employees, customers, and providers.
A background screening professional can help you determine the best way to implement return-to-duty tests in your organization and how to combine them with other background and drug screening tools if necessary.
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