Reasonable Suspicion Testing/Training

Prioritizing and protecting a positive work environment

According to a study published by the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, the annual cost of a single employee with an untreated substance abuse disorder ranges from $2,600 to more than $13,000, depending on the industry.

Identifying substance abuse by employees can be a difficult, sensitive issue. An effective path for employers is requiring those suspected of using illicit drugs to take a drug test. Under most jurisdictions, an employer is permitted to require an employee to undergo a drug test when there is “reasonable suspicion” that an employee is under the influence. Making this determination:

  • Is based upon specific, objective, and articulable facts concerning an employee’s appearance, behavior, speech, or body odors.
  • According to Cornell Law School, shall be made by a supervisor or company official who is trained in this process, and should be verified by a second management level employee before action is taken.

We Provide Reasonable Suspicion Training

  • Training gives employers and supervisors the skills and education needed to make Reasonable Suspicion determinations.
  • Proof of training provides an additional line of defense in the event an employee challenges an accusation.
  • Our two-hour program session (virtual or in-person) meets Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requirements.
  • All company personnel can benefit from this comprehensive industry standard training.
  • Content can be abbreviated for organizations that are not required to follow Department of Transportation regulations.

We Can Assist with Follow-Up

With professional counselors on staff, Preferred EAP can become a reliable resource for employees on the long-term road back to peak productivity. Our staff can help by:

  • Demonstrating the employer’s commitment to eliminating illegal drug use
  • Providing employees opportunity and appropriate assistance for discontinuing drug use
  • Providing educational materials to supervisors and employees on drug use issues
  • Assisting with confronting employees who have performance and/or conduct problems
  • Making referrals to appropriate treatment and rehabilitative facilities
  • Following up with individuals during the rehabilitation period to track their progress
  • Encouraging successful completion of a counseling program

For more information on reasonable suspicion training, email For information on drug testing options, contact HealthWorks at 610-969-2972 or email