The purpose of the Ada County Drug-Free Workplace Policy is to allow Ada County to achieve and maintain a drug-free workplace. By implementing this policy, the County will be promoting a safe and secure work environment for County employees, and the County will fulfill its obligation to provide the citizens of Ada County with safe and efficient public services.
Employees will work alcohol and drug free in order to perform their jobs in a safe and efficient manner. This policy is designed to prevent alcohol and prohibited drug use, and to encourage employees who need to seek help.
The following acts are prohibited and considered misconduct under Ada County policy:
- Employees will not manufacture, distribute, possess, consume, or use alcohol or a prohibited drug while on County property, operating County vehicles or equipment, conducting County business, or in the scope and course of County employment.
- Employees will not be permitted to work with a detectable level of prohibited drugs or alcohol in their system, unless those drugs are specifically prescribed by a licensed physician (or other appropriate healthcare professional) for specific treatment purposes of the employee at the time.
- Employees will not receive a verified positive test result for alcohol or a prohibited drug while on County property, operating County vehicles or equipment, conducting County business, or in the scope and course of County employment.
- Employees will not perform any job functions where the use of doctor-prescribed medication may negatively affect their safety and/or the safety of others, or their job performance. Engaging in any of these prohibited acts may lead to disciplinary action up to and including termination.
- Engaging in any of these prohibited acts may lead to disciplinary action up to and including termination.
DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE POLICY & TESTING APPLICABILITY
This policy applies to all Ada County employees except Ada County Sheriff’s Office, Ada County Deputy Marshals, and Ada County Paramedics employees*, whether they are applicants with a conditional offer of employment, temporary, part time, or full time. The policy will not apply to independent contractors and their employees, or employees furnished through and paid by temporary staffing service businesses such as, but not limited to, A.E.S., Inc.
*Ada County Sheriff’s Office, Marshal’s Office, and Paramedics adopted their own Drug-Free Workplace policies and procedures to meet the unique needs of their offices.
Ada County conducts the following types of drug testing:
- Pre-Employment Drug & Alcohol Testing
- Post Accident Drug Testing
- Random Drug Testing for Safety Sensitive Positions
- Reasonable Suspicion Drug Testing
Drug & Alcohol Free Hiring Policy
No applicant will be hired unless the County receives a negative drug and alcohol test result. An applicant with a confirmed positive drug and/or alcohol test result will not be considered for employment for a two year period following the date of the test unless applicant provides documentation of completion of a drug- and/or alcohol-abuse treatment or rehabilitation program and passes a pre-employment drug and/or alcohol test.
PRE-EMPLOYMENT TESTING APPLICABILITY
This policy applies to all Ada County applicants, with the exception of Ada County Sheriff’s Office applicants. The Ada County Sheriff’s Office adopted Drug/Alcohol/Smoke-Free Workplace policies and procedures to meet the office’s unique needs.
The policy applies whether the applicant has a conditional offer of employment, is a temporary, part time, or full time applicant. The policy will not apply to independent contractors and their employees, or to employees furnished through, and paid by, temporary staffing services agencies.
POST ACCIDENT TESTING
As a condition of employment, all Ada County employees are required to consent to drug and/or alcohol testing following an accident while on work time or in a County vehicle, when the circumstances involve any of the following:
- Death or personal injury of any parties involved in the accident/unsafe act, requiring medical treatment at a hospital or medical treatment facility
- Damage to government or private property estimated in excess of $2,500.00
- Disabling damage to a motor vehicle, requiring vehicle to be transported from the scene of the accident by a tow truck or other motor vehicle
Random testing for alcohol and/or prohibited/illegal drugs will be conducted on employees whose positions are designated as "safety sensitive." Safety sensitive positions are considered to be those in which the duties that are performed as a regular part of the job could reasonably be expected to affect the health, safety and security of others.
REASONABLE SUSPICION TESTING
Any employee may be required to report for immediate drug/alcohol testing for the presence of alcohol or prohibited drugs if there is a reasonable suspicion that such employee, while on duty, is under the influence of alcohol or a prohibited drug.
For more information, contact Ada County Human Resources.