The importance of a drug free workplace
Drug screening has become an important safety issue in the workplace. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that drug use in the workplace costs employers almost $100 billion dollars annually in lost time, accidents, health care, and workers compensation costs. Also, substance abusers are six times more likely to file workers compensation claims than non-abusers.
42.3% of Americans 26 and older admitted to taking some sort of illicit drug during their lifetime.
Statistics mentioned above are why a large majority of companies perform pre-employment drug screening in order to lessen the impact from drug abuse in the workplace, including tardiness, absenteeism, turnover, theft, deceased productivity, crime, and violence.
Establishing a drug screening program
A drug screening program is most often established as a pre-employment procedure. However, post hiring drug screening is often performed on individuals in safety sensitive positions, for post accident testing, and testing that is legally required in certain industries.
PeopleCheck can ship drug screening kits directly to you, or we offer on-site as well as in-house testing in our office. We provide five, ten, and thirteen panel tests. Most of our clients utilize the standard five-panel kit which tests for marijuana, cocaine, opiates, amphetamines and methamphetamine.
To get the most accurate results, we encourage employers to ensure the job applicant gives the urine sample within a specific amount of time.
The benefits of drug screening
Compared to the cost of hiring even one person with a substance abuse problem, most companies find eliminating the problem in the beginning of the hiring process is well worth the time and cost. Contact us today for information and pricing of our services, or to get started with screening tests and packages.