As a mechanical contractor, the safety of your job site and people, the quality of your finished product, and your reputation depend a great deal on the professionalism of your workers. How your team members conduct themselves reflects on your company. Their behavior will often be a factor in whether a client chooses to continue working with you for their mechanical contractor needs or takes their business elsewhere in the future. For these reasons, many contractors opt to perform drug testing to ensure a safe and responsible workplace. On a potentially dangerous job site, where the final results will affect not just the building’s serviceability, but the lives and livelihoods of those who will work inside, you need a responsible, sober team. With a drug testing policy in place, your people will know that you expect professionalism not just in their work, but their conduct as well. Here are a few tips to help you get started on a company testing policy of your own.
On a potentially dangerous job site, where the final results will affect not just the building’s serviceability, but the lives and livelihoods of those who will work inside, you need a responsible, sober team. With a drug testing policy in place, your people will know that you expect professionalism not just in their work, but their conduct as well. Here are a few tips to help you get started on a company testing policy of your own.
1. Make it Official
Before signing on to join your team, potential mechanical contractor candidates should be made aware that their employment is contingent on passing a pre-hiring drug test, along with an agreement to random testing throughout their stay with the company.
2. Test Smarter
Be sure that the random portion of your drug testing practices are truly random and that all employees are tested equally. If you suspect that alcohol may also be an issue, you may want to institute alcohol testing as well.
3. Be Familiar with Federal and State Laws
Not all states have the same guidelines, so do a bit of research ahead of time to make sure you’re adhering to any existing laws and handling your testing in a responsible, ethical manner. Some states have online guides to help, like the Tennessee Drug-Free Workplace program.
4. Document Results
To help protect your company, make sure to keep records of testing results. That way, you have a documented employee history and can forward to HR to take action as appropriate. This can also help to establish and keep your clients’ trust.
The process of testing your employees doesn’t have to be stressful or disorganized. By following a few simple guidelines, you can help to keep everyone on the project site safe and protect your company from customer complaints, loss of licensing and insurance, and even lawsuits. Workplace drug testing is a practical and, we would argue, necessary practice for your mechanical insulation company to thrive in a competitive industry.
At Breeding, we know that the success of our projects and our entire team relies on the people we hire. That’s why we stand behind our corporate Safety Policy and are a Tennessee Drug-Free Workplace Employer. All of our installers and warehouse-workers are tested before joining our team and are subject to random on-site testing as well. So feel confident you can trust Breeding Insulation’s staff on your job site.