Random Drug Testing

Last updated: July 28, 2018

What Does Random Drug Testing Mean?

Random drug testing is a method of testing for drug use by employees through a process of random selection. These tests are conducted without prior notice to the employee and a systematic selection process is used to assure that each employee has an equal chance of being chosen for testing. Because there is no prior notice as to when this testing will occur, or who will be selected, random drug testing serves both to detect, and deter, drug use.


WorkplaceTesting Explains Random Drug Testing

Random drug testing may be conducted using several different methods, including blood sampling, breath analysis, hair analysis, saliva testing, and urine sampling. In the workplace, random drug testing is usually performed by taking a urine sample. Specific procedures are followed to assure that the employee cannot avoid testing or adulterate the sample once selected. Random drug testing is used to maintain workplace and public safety, improving employee health and reducing worksite accidents.


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