Utah Drug Testing Laws
Utah has established specific laws and guidelines for drug and alcohol testing of employees and prospective employees. The Utah Drug and Alcohol Testing Act lays out the criteria and conditions under which drug testing can be conducted, the rights of employees, and the responsibilities of employers.
For detailed regulations, refer to the Utah Drug and Alcohol Testing Act here.
Marijuana in Utah: Medical marijuana is legal under the Utah Medical Cannabis Act, but recreational use remains illegal.
|Drug Testing Issue||Status||Comments|
|Instant or POCT Testing||Allowed||With stipulations under the Utah Drug and Alcohol Testing Act.|
|Drug Panels||Not Specified by law||Up to employer's discretion.|
|Laboratory||Required||Licensed labs must be used for confirmation tests.|
|Medical Review Officer (MRO)||Required||For positive tests.|
|Random Testing||Allowed||With considerations and restrictions under state law.|
|Post-Accident||Allowed||If impairment is suspected.|
|Reasonable Suspicion||Allowed||Based on documented observations.|
|Oral Fluids||Allowed||At employer's discretion.|
|Hair Testing||Allowed||At employer's discretion.|
|Unemployment Denial||Possible||If drug use violated company policy and led to termination.|
|Workers Comp Premium Reduction||Not Specified||Employers may receive benefits for establishing drug-free workplace policies.|
|Intoxication Defense||Allowed||Employers can deny workers' compensation claims if injury is due to intoxication.|
|Medical Marijuana||Limited Allowance||Allowed under the Utah Medical Cannabis Act for qualifying patients.|
|Recreational Marijuana||No||Not legalized in Utah.|
|Report Driver DOT Positives||Follow federal guidelines||Federal DOT regulations apply.|
|General Statute||Utah Drug and Alcohol Testing Act||This is the primary statute governing drug testing in the workplace.|
It's crucial to note that while this summary provides an overview, it's essential for employers and interested parties to consult with a legal professional for thorough understanding and updates. Information may change over time, and legal nuances may impact specific situations.
- Answered by: Andrew David Easler, Esq.
- Published: 12/19/2022
- Updated: 11/03/2023
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