Drug testing is one action an employer can take to determine if employees or job applicants are using drugs. It can identify evidence of recent use of alcohol, prescription drugs and illicit drugs. Currently, drug testing does not test for impairment or whether a person’s behavior is, or was, impacted by drugs.
Common reasons employers implement drug testing are to:
• Deter employees from abusing alcohol and drugs
• Prevent hiring individuals who use illegal drugs
• Be able to identify early and appropriately refer employees who have drug and/or alcohol problems
• Provide a safe workplace for employees
• Protect the general public and instill consumer confidence that employees are working safely
• Comply with State laws or Federal regulations
• Benefit from Workers’ Compensation Premium Discount programs
But there are 6 REAL reasons you should be testing…
• To help the community: By addressing the drug abuse problem effectively, employers “do their part” in encouraging a safe and healthy community whether that be for bus drivers driving kids to school or for construction workers building the newest attraction.
• To maintain productivity: Employees who are using drugs are 1/3rd less productive than those who aren’t!
• To protect employees and customers: Employees using drugs present a danger to themselves, their co-workers and the general public.
• To contain health care costs: Drug users are not only more likely to injure others on the job, they also incur four times the medical expenses of the average employee.
• To deter drug use: Implementing a drug-free workplace as a condition and standard of employment discourages employees from illegal drug use or may cause drug users to apply elsewhere.
• To rehabilitate employees: Drug testing can uncover drug dependency problems and forces people to confront the issue. This identification and intervention can ultimately be life-saving.