As an employer you have the right to require employees and job applicants to be drug-free. Therefore you have the right to implement a drug screening program and to establish a drug screening policy that requires all employees to acknowledge the policy. IDT can help you develop a comprehensive substance abuse prevention policy and implement a drug testing program that is customized to meet your requirements.
How Illegal Drug Use Impacts the Workplace
According to the American Council for Drug Education, employees who abuse drugs or alcohol are:
• 66% more likely to miss work
• 33% less productive
• 77% are more likely to be discharged within three years than employees who test negative
• Nearly 4 times as likely to be involved in on-the-job accidents
• 5 times more likely to file a workers' compensation claim
• 3 times costlier to the U.S. healthcare system
• Responsible for 40% of all industrial fatalities
Pre-employment drug screening and on-going employee drug testing can help employers achieve a healthier and more productive work force. A healthier and more productive workforce drives business results. Pre-employment drug testing will:
• Improve the overall quality of job applicants
• Reduce the incidence of accidents
• Reduce losses due to theft and fraud
• Reduce absenteeism
• Reduce employee turnover
• Eliminate wasted recruiting and training expense
• Improve employee morale and productivity
• Help control the rising cost of healthcare and worker's compensation insurance
More than 70 percent of substance abusers hold jobs; one worker in four, ages 18 to 34, used drugs in the past year; and one worker in three knows of drug sales in the workplace.
Americans consume 60 percent of the world’s production of illegal drugs: 23 million use marijuana at least four times a week; 18 million abuse alcohol; 6 million regularly use cocaine; and 2 million use heroin.
In the workplace, the problems of these substance abusers become your problems. They increase risk of accident, lower productivity, raise insurance costs, and reduce profits. They can cost you your job; they can cost you your life.
Most HR and Safety professionals have found drug testing to be a valuable and cost-effective risk management tool.
Here’s what to look for:
• Frequent, prolonged, and often unexplained absences
• Involvement in accidents both on and off the job
• Erratic work patterns and reduced productivity
• Indifference to personal hygiene
• Overreaction to real or imagined criticism
• Such overt physical signs as exhaustion or hyperactivity, dilated pupils, slurred speech, or an unsteady walk
Pre employment drug testing has become a common hiring requirement. With the US Department of Labor has estimating that drug use in the workplace costs employers up to $100 billion dollars annually in lost work time, accidents, health care costs and workers compensation costs, more and more employers are implementing drug testing and screening procedures. The majority of all Fortune 500 companies do employee drug testing.
Most pre-employment drug testing is urine-based. This form of testing is considered to be an 'intelligent' test. Generally pre-employment drug screening helps the employer to develop a healthy and more productive working environment, improving profits and also helps in monitoring drug and alcohol abuse in the workplace. Most companies have a written drug testing policy that requires job applicants to be drug-free. All applicants who have received a conditional offer of employment must take a drug test before receiving a final offer of employment.