Employee drug testing and drug screening are necessary to ensure that you have the right risk control plan in place. Testing your employees pre-employment and randomly throughout their tenure could help safeguard your business and its current employees.
“According to results of a NIDA-sponsored survey, drug-using employees are…2.5 times more likely to have absences of eight days or more, three times more likely to be late for work, 3.6 times more likely to be involved in a workplace accident, and five times more likely to file a workers’ compensation claim.” – United States Department of Labor1
Employees who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol pose not only a risk to themselves but to others as well. Too many accidents can occur during a situation like this. Whether the employee is responsible for heavy machinery, transportation, or for the safety of others, someone under the influence could cause serious physical harm.
Conducting employee drug testing could help eliminate some of the problems that stem from employee drug use including accidents, absenteeism, employee theft, low levels of productivity, high turnover rates, and others. If employee drug testing is conducted prior to hire, this could bring to light any potential problems before the employee is allowed onsite. You are looking to hire the best candidate for a position and that includes someone who is not a hazard to the rest of the workforce. Additionally, conducting random drug tests to current employees could also help stave off any potential problems.
Employee drug testing has also been shown to improve morale in the workplace. Employees no longer need to deal with coworkers who are posing a risk. They can relax knowing that their environment is free from the hazards associated with employee drug use.
Employee drug testing options include:
- Installed (On-site), Collection (Lab-based), and Out-of-Network options
- Pre-employment & random testing solutions
- Breath Alcohol
- Multiple panel options (5, 7, and 10 panel)
- DOT compliant programs, including online DQF and Driver Safety Program management solutions
- SAMHSA-certified laboratory testing
Your employee drug testing services should be compliant with state and federal law, and include a nationally certified and industry leading Medical Review Officer (MRO) staff. They should be fast, efficient, and effective. Quick results allow you to get a jump on your competition when hiring good employees. Also, online scheduling and paperless processes are beneficial when attempting to gain quick turn-around times.
If you would like to learn more about employee drug testing programs, contact eVerifile today.
[1http://www.dol.gov/elaws/asp/drugfree/benefits.htm (United States Department of Labor: How does substance abuse impact the workplace?); Backer, T.E. Strategic Planning for Workplace Drug Abuse Programs, p. 4. National Institute on Drug Abuse. Rockville, MD. 1987.]