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Oklahoma Alcohol & Drugs: What you need to know

The Oklahoma Standards for Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Act regulates drug testing in the workplace and covers all public and private employers regardless of size. The Act does not require employers to conduct drug or alcohol testing; however, those who choose to test are governed by the Act's requirements. No applicant or employee may be required to take a drug or alcohol test unless the employer has a written policy that includes:

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The Oklahoma Standards for Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Act regulates drug testing in the workplace and covers all public and private employers regardless of size (OK Stat. Tit. 40 Sec. 551-565). The Act does not require employers to conduct drug or alcohol testing; however, those who choose to test are governed by the Act's requirements. No applicant or employee may be required to take a drug or alcohol test unless the employer has a written policy that includes:

  • The employer's policy respecting drug and alcohol use by employees;
  • Which applicants and employees are subject to testing;
  • Circumstances under which testing may be requested or required;
  • The substances tested for, including "drugs and alcohol as defined in the Standards for Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Act, including controlled substances approved for testing by rule by the State Commissioner of Health."
  • Testing methods and collection procedures to be used;
  • Consequences of refusing to undergo testing;
  • Potential adverse personnel action that may be taken as a result of a positive test result;
  • The rights of an applicant and employee to explain, in confidence, the test results;
  • The rights of an applicant and employee to obtain all information and records related to that individual's testing;
  • Confidentiality requirements;

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