Friday, December 14, 2012

Mandatory Federal Workplace Drug Testing Guidelines

Below is the complete (and rather complex) text of the Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs, published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Note that other government entities might modify the SAMHSA guidelines to their own specifications. For example, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has its own set of procedures, which are often referenced as the model. Most labs and government and private-sector employers go by either the SAMHSA or DOT procedures. If you work in an industry (in either the government or private sector) that correlates with one regulated by a government agency, you might want to check the agency's Web site to see which model it uses, or for its own procedures.

This is the "master" document published on June 9, 1994 and effective September 1. It serves as the base for all future revisions, and several have been published since 1994 (e.g., amendments to drug cutoff levels). Revising it is on-going process, however, the entire document is typically not republished. Instead, the revisions alone are published and stored in the Federal Register as notices and other documents. It is impractical to display all of them here, but you may search for revisions in the Federal Register or at the SAMHSA Workplace Resource Center.