Mandatory Drug Tests On The Way For Andrews Employees 9/3/13
CBS 7 News
September 3, 2013
ANDREWS-Random drug testing has become the norm in most workplaces and the now-booming city of Andrews is catching up, just weeks away from mandatory tests for their own employees.
And with a no-tolerance policy, some say it's long overdue.
Beginning October 1st, all “safety sensitive” Andrews city employees will be subject to mandatory drug tests and alcohol breath tests. Currently, workers are barred from using alcohol within four hours of working. The new policy covers 90 percent of city employees-- anyone who uses equipment or a city vehicle.
“Right now with all the fatalities in our region, driver safety is paramount,” said City Manager Glen Hackler.
In the past, city employees were subject only to pre-employment, post-accident and reasonable doubt testing. CBS 7 asked if there was any one incident that spurred the changes.
“No, we’ve not had that in the past,” Hackler said.
One city employee says the changes are past due.
“It’s been a long time coming,” said City of Andrews Employee Scott Wallace. “Some are even surprised we’ve not had that in the past.”
Some city employees like office staff will be exempt, but regardless of how long you have been with the city, a zero-tolerance policy will be enforced.
“If you report unready and unfit for duty, then your job would be subject to termination.” Hackler said.
Over the next month, the city says it will be educating employees on the new policy and the zero tolerance termination clause.