The implementation of a drug testing program has become an important part of the employment process, especially in industries where safety is of primary concern.

In Omaha, Nebraska, the latest in a series of locally-focused Ironworker/Contractor meetings was held at Iron Workers Local No. 21 by the Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust (IMPACT).

IMPACT, which is affiliated with the Iron Workers Union, is described in a feature on the Virtual-Strategy Magazine as “a labor-management partnership designed to create work opportunities in the North American ironworking industry.”

Present during the event was nearly 20 regional Contractor partners, who found IMPACT’s new and improved drug testing a particularly relevant topic during the meeting. Mike Baker, Business Manager for Local Union No. 21 in Omaha, Nebraska, shared: “There are some issues with duplicate testing, but now that most Contractors are on board with IMPACT’s program, Ironworkers don’t have to repeat tests whenever they change jobsites.”

The new and revised drug testing program, which was an effort to streamline the drug testing process, was launched on June 1. IMPACT maintains reciprocity with the following programs: the National Building Trades Substance Abuse program; the Boilermaker’s MOST program; and Detroit’s MUST program, among others. This does away with the need for expensive or inconvenient repeat testing for Ironworkers in those pre-existing programs.

Kevin Hilton, IMPACT CEO, shared: “We provide our contractors with trained, drug-free Ironworkers… The revised IMPACT drug testing program exemplifies our commitment to testing our workers efficiently and effectively, and I’m glad contractors in Omaha had the opportunity to learn about this incredible program.”

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