What is reasonable suspicion? Reasonable suspicion is specific, capable of being explained observation(s) or fact(s) concerning the appearance, behavior, speech or body odors of an employee. Certainty is not required; however, a mere "hunch" is not sufficient.
What observable signs and behavior contribute to reasonable suspicion?
- Abnormal conduct or erratic behavior that is not otherwise normally explainable;
- The odor of alcohol or a controlled substance on the breath;
- Observation of the consumption of alcohol;
- Observation of the possession of a controlled substance or use of a controlled substance that is reported by a credible source;
- Occurrence of any accident while on the premises of the workplace for which the employee receives medical treatment; or
- See the indicators listed on the Alcohol & Drug Indicator Checklist
Steps to test an employee you suspect of being impaired by alcohol and/or drugs: