Why are DERs needed?
The role of the Designated Employer Representative (DER) is not just a formality but a vital component in modern workplaces for several compelling reasons:
Safety First: At the heart of the DER's responsibilities is ensuring that workplaces are free from the influence of drugs and alcohol. This isn't just about following rules; it's about helping every employee, from the front desk to the factory floor, work in an environment where risks related to substance abuse are minimized. When employees are sober and alert, it leads to fewer accidents, better decision-making, and an overall safer work environment.
Staying Within the Law: The federal government, understanding the importance of safety, has rolled out specific regulations regarding drug and alcohol testing. This is particularly stringent in industries with higher stakes due to the inherent dangers, such as transportation, heavy machinery operation, and healthcare. DERs ensure that companies respect these rules and adhere to them rigorously, which helps employers avoid legal pitfalls and hefty fines and prevents potential lawsuits or sanctions.
Consistency Across the Board: Anyone can claim to run a drug and alcohol test, but without a standardized approach, there's a risk of discrepancies, biases, or mismanagement. DERs, with their training and expertise, ensure that every test is conducted the same way every time. This uniform approach means that all employees, regardless of rank or role, are tested under the same criteria, ensuring fairness and eliminating potential claims of discrimination or favoritism.
In simple terms, think of a DER as a trusted guide for businesses, helping them smoothly handle drug and alcohol testing while keeping the workplace safe, fair, and following the rules.
- Answered by: Andrew David Easler, Esq.
- Published: 10/26/2023
- Updated: 10/26/2023
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