What is a Drug Test?
A drug test is an analysis of your urine, saliva, blood, or hair to check for prescription or illicit substances in your body. Urine tests are the most popular drug screening method for businesses.
There are several circumstances in which drug testing may be required:
- Pre-employment testing: Employers may require a negative drug test result for a new hire after a conditional offer has been sent. This helps organizations prevent the negative repercussions of hiring drug users.
- Periodic employee testing: Companies may require a scheduled drug test (usually annually) to ensure their current employees are not using drugs.
- Random employee testing: Unlike periodic testing, random testing (aka “spot testing”) is administered on an unannounced basis by selecting employees at random.
- Reasonable suspicion testing: If an employer has reasonable cause to believe an employee is abusing drugs, “for-cause” testing may be conducted. Some examples of evidence include illicit substances at work, erratic or abnormal behavior, inability to work or complete designated tasks, and disorientation.
- Post-accident testing: These tests are conducted following a workplace accident involving an employee in order to determine if drugs played a part in the incident.
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Advantages of Drug Screening Potential Hires
With an effective drug testing program in place, your organization can both filter out drug users and prevent the use of drugs in the workplace. Drug screening has been proven to decrease the incidence of workplace drug use, leading to fewer missed work days, decreased risk of injury, and improved productivity.
Below are a few more significant benefits of incorporating a drug testing program into your company:
You want to be sure that your employees feel safe in their work environment. When people are under the influence of drugs, they are unable to make reasonable decisions, and therefore pose a higher risk of causing accidents and injuries, especially when dealing with sharp tools, heavy machinery, or hazardous chemicals. Not only could this lead to loss of life, but your business will face legal consequences as well.
With fewer employees missing work and failing to meet deadlines due to drug use, your business will see a sharp upturn in productivity, performance, and ROI.
Reduced Turnover Rates
High turnover is expensive. You know that it costs a lot more to hire and train new employees than it is to keep current ones. Those who abuse drugs tend to change jobs frequently and without warning, and the problems they may cause for their colleagues could have great workers running for the door. To avoid such a financial burden, it's important that you make drug testing mandatory for your employees.
Decreased Workers' Compensation Insurance and Healthcare Costs
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), employees who use drugs are 5 times more likely to file a workers’ comp claim than their sober counterparts.
Drug testing in the workplace also benefits employees that are battling drug issues. If the test comes out positive, companies can help their employees by referring them to an accredited rehabilitation center. Employees can then regain a sober life and return to work.