Written By Digital Content Editor Thomas Ahearn
A blog titled “New to Drug Testing: Designated Employer Representative” that inquired about what external processes employers have to perform once they implement a drug testing program featured a Designated Employer Representative (DER) who agreed to share her DER experiences and responsibilities.
“The DER is the main point of contact between the employer, donor, and drug testing provider. They receive drug test results and other communications on behalf of the employer. As such, every DER should have the knowledge and authority to make decisions about their employer’s drug and alcohol testing program.”
The post on the Quest Diagnostics Employer Solutions Blog explained that the DER is responsible for educating employees, conducting drug and alcohol tests, ensuring program confidentiality, maintaining all documentation, and making sure the program complies with U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations.
“The DER is authorized by the employer to take immediate action to remove or cause employees to be removed from safety-sensitive duties and to make decisions required in the drug testing and evaluation process. The role of the DER is vital to keeping the company in compliance with DOT agency regulations.”
The DER “must be thoroughly familiar with state and federal regulations, company policy, union agreements and daily operating procedures. With all the different pieces of information coming from several sources, it’s comforting to know that a single person manages the daily drug testing operations for an employer.”
The blog from leading workplace drug screening provider Quest Diagnostics concluded that having a DER “is critical for companies who do regulated drug testing. For non-regulated companies, a Human Resources, Safety, or Medical professional should be able to undertake the responsibilities of a DER.” The blog is available here.
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