Implementing a Drug Free Workplace Policy is a good start. Adding random inspections by a narcotics canine will round out your current policy and ensure a safer work environment.
In most “Drug Free Workplace” policies there isn't a measure in place that actually keeps the drugs out of the workplace. Here’s a breakdown of a common policy: Employee education, declaration of a drug free workplace/signage, Random drug testing, post-accident testing, for-cause testing, and employee assistance.
Consider this hypothetical situation: You have an employee who has been awake for 3 days straight on methamphetamine. Today he brought his drugs into work to remain awake throughout the workday. Now let’s look at the standard policy in how it relates to this scenario:
● Would hanging a “Drug Free Workplace” sign deter this?
● Would employee education deter this?
● Would pre-employment drug testing deter this?
● How about random or post accident drug testing?
Phoenix has had a substantial amount of training and continues to train at least 3 times a week. She is trained to find Methamphetamines, Cocaine, Marijuana, and Heroin.
Obviously, the answers to those questions are “No”. Now it’s time to consider a proactive approach to preventing drug use in the workplace. Random searches by a canine trained to detect the odor of narcotics will deter this type of activity.