A blog entry titled “New to Drug Testing: Designated Employer Representative” from leading workplace drug screening provider Quest Diagnostics that featured a Designated Employer Representative (DER) who agreed to share her 10 years of experiences and responsibilities concluded that having a DER “is critical for companies who do regulated drug testing.”
The entry on the Quest Diagnostics Employer Solutions Blog explained that after employers implement a drug testing program the DER is responsible for educating employees, conducting drug and alcohol tests, ensuring program confidentiality, maintaining documentation, and ensuring the program complies with U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations.
“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,” stated the blog written by a Quest Diagnostics employee.
“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,” stated the blog, which outlined other DER responsibilities.
“For non-regulated companies, a Human Resources, Safety, or Medical professional should be able to undertake the responsibilities of a DER. 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,” concluded the blog, which is available here.
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