Post-Injury Drug Testing

Keeping your workplace accident-free is challenging enough without adding drug use to the mix. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found that most drug users age 18-49 are employed full-time. That means 6.3 million illegal drug users and 6.2 million heavy alcohol users are in today’s full-time work force.

Post-Injury Drug Testing is an effective way to send a strong, zero-tolerance message to employees, reduce an employer’s liability for drug-related workplace accidents and reduce an employer’s claims experience and exposure.

The Post-Injury Drug Testing Program provides professional drug and alcohol testing as an automatic part of the regimen for work-related injuries. Employees must be treated through an FHM Total Care Management Provider in the WECAREx Network. Should an employee test positive for drug or alcohol use, an investigation is begun by FHM.

Program features include:

  • All employees are tested for drugs and/or alcohol after every workplace injury.
  • The initial cost of drug testing is charged as an expense to the workers’ compensation claim — not as a separate employer expense.
  • Claims by employees testing positive are investigated and accepted or denied on a case-by-case basis.
  • The program requires a completed (Consent Form) from each current and future employee (to be retained in the employee’s file.)
  • If your company is a State Certified Drug-Free Workplace, a positive post-injury test is grounds for an automatic denial of future workers’ compensation benefits for the employee.

To Initiate a Post-Injury Drug Testing Program:

  • States Outside Florida-As an FHM policyholder outside Florida, you are automatically enrolled in the Post-Injury Drug Testing Program. You should have all current and future employees complete the Consent to Employee Drug and/or Alcohol Testing form. (Consent Form) 

    Place the original in the employee’s personnel file and make a copy for the employee.You will automatically receive chain-of-custody forms* in the mail. For all injuries, the injured employee is required to take a chain-of-custody form with them to the medical facility. For additional forms and questions on administering the program, please contact Total Compliance Network at 800-881-4826.

  • Florida Only-You may elect to participate in the Post-Injury Drug Testing Program. To enroll, complete and fax the Florida Application for Post-Injury Drug and/or Alcohol Testing Program to Policy Services at 407-373-6441.After enrolling, you should have all current and future employees complete the Consent to Employee Drug and/or Alcohol Testing form. (Consent Form) Place the original in the employee’s personnel file and make a copy for the employee.

    You will then receive chain-of-custody forms* in the mail. For all injuries, the injured employee is required to take a chain-of-custody form with them to the medical facility. For additional forms and questions on administering the program, please contact Total Compliance Network at 800-881-4826.

*Please note: A second chain-of-custody form is always required if you would like to request a blood alcohol test. If there is “reasonable suspicion” that the employee was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident, please indicate on the Introductory Letter to Physician that you are requesting a blood alcohol test in addition to urinalysis. Be sure to send the second chain-of custody form with the employee for initial treatment.

The employee should not drive themselves for treatment if you suspect alcohol use. Provide transportation to the medical facility. The employee will receive a receipt for each test performed. Please have them bring receipts back to you and make a copy for your file.

If you are a Certified Drug-Free Workplace, you do not have to sign up for the Post-Injury Drug Testing Program as long as you are satisfied with your current program provider.

For more information check out Questions & Answers About FHM’s Post-Injury Drug Testing Program


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