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Workplace drug testing is a hot topic of discussion in employment and legal issues. Despite the concerns about employee privacy raised by various worker and civil rights groups, workplace drug testing has increased dramatically by 277% since 1987. It is estimated that drug and alcohol abuse costs employers approximately $87 billion annually in lost time, accidents, health care, and workers compensation. To further put this into perspective, nearly 65% of all workplace accidents are drug and alcohol-related, and 40% of on-site injuries are caused by substance users.
Employers suffer from hiring substance abusers in many ways. Not only do they run the risk of having deadly or dangerous accidents occur, but substance abusers also cost employers money and hurt them financially.
Substance abusers may:
Have poor work performance.
Frequently call out of or arrive late to the workplace.
Frequently change workplaces.
Struggle with productivity.
File for workers' compensation claims and benefits.
Therefore, employers should require drug tests under a variety of circumstances, including:
Pre-employment selection screening
Reasonable suspicion that an employee is under the influence of a substance
Post-accident documentation to determine causal factors
As an employer or human resources representative, you have the right to require employees come to work sober and unimpaired as outlined in your Workplace Drug & Alcohol Policy. Within that right, you have the ability to test employees for drugs and alcohol if you suspect they are under the influence while on the job.
There are a lot of adventages when you have a workplace alcohol and drug testing.
1. Improve company image. Drug testing can help to boost consumer confidence around product quality, safety, reputation, and employment best practices.
2. Increased productivity – Studies have shown that employee’s with substance abuse problems are less productive. This may be demonstrated in more sluggish physical and/or mental activity, increased number of breaks taken and greater number of sick days or tardiness.
3. Decreased employee turnover – Studies have shown that employees with substance abuse problems are less stable and are a greater risk to stay with a company for a shorter period of time. What does it cost your company to recruit and train a new employee including decreased productivity during training periods?
4. Safer work environment – Studies have shown that employees with substance abuse problems have a far greater risk of on the job injuries. This can increase both your company health insurance and Workman’s Compensation Rates. Fewer injuries, on and off the job, can result in reduced health insurance costs and rates for your company and employees.
5. Hiring higher quality, drug free employees – A Drug Free Workplace Program can assist in screening out applicants with substance abuse problems, saving valuable time on the hiring process. Often substance abusers will avoid applying to companies that have a program for fear that they will be tested.
6. Workers Comp Insurance Incentives – many States and workers compensation providers offer a discount on their premiums to companies who maintain a Drug Free Workplace Program, saving hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars annually.
7. Keep employers and employees educated. A well-run drug testing program provides tools employees need to participate and benefit from a drug-free workplace, as well as information about the physical effects of drug use and the nature of addiction.
Employers should consider their unique business needs, and select elements of a drug testing program that will be most beneficial to their job roles and environment. An effective workplace drug testing policy, combined with proper education, can help employers benefit from a number of both tangible and intangible advantages.