Recorded on Jan 19, 2023 1:00 – 2:00 pm Eastern
Random Drug Testing of Non-Safety Sensitive Healthcare Workers: Honestly?
By William G. Buchta, MD, MS, MPH, FACOEM
For the past 30 years, drug testing in the workplace has proliferated. It has been used for multiple purposes, but the application of random testing of employees in non-safety sensitive positions, in particular, demands justification due to the real and potential costs and the possible harms it may cause. We will narrow the scope of this investigation, discuss what jobs in healthcare may or may not warrant the “safety sensitive” designation, differentiate the real outcomes from RDT from the surrogate outcomes, explore what the Drug Free Workplace Act does and does not include for interventions, look at the literature over the past 25 years, and explore possible alternative solutions with equal or better efficacy and less potential harm. Drug use is but one reason for workplace impairment, and we may need to take a broader perspective regarding the behaviors and medical conditions that threaten health, safety and performance at work.
1. Identify desired outcomes of random drug testing (RDT) and possible drawbacks 2. Understand the directives of the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 3. Survey the existing literature in the past 25 years 4. Explore alternative solutions to obtain desired outcomes
Dr. Buchta began his career as an industrial psychologist in the US Air Force, which blossomed into a 30-year career as an occupational medicine physician, clinically focused and having expertise in occupational health for healthcare workers. He has held leadership positions in regional, national, and international organizations regarding occupational medicine and was President of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine from 2018-2019. He currently consults for large national and international clients but still has a passion for healthcare worker issues, particularly burnout and workplace violence.
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