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Why Drug Test?

The use of controlled substances (drugs) and the abuse of alcohol are widespread in our society, affecting the workplace in many ways. No workplace is immune.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has reported that nearly 73 percent of illicit drug users are employed. Employers who think that drug use and alcohol abuse will never be a problem in their workplace should consider this: Job applicants who can’t pass a drug test tend to apply at companies who don’t test.

Drug use and alcohol abuse in the workplace can be very costly. Consider the following potential costs in your own workplace:

• Absenteeism
-Wages paid for days absent or for time tardy.
-Wages paid for temporary staff t-fill in.

• Accidents/Damage
-Wages paid for days absent.
-Wages paid for unproductive hours during downtime.
-Wages paid for temporary personnel.
-Increased expenses for medical claims.
-Cost of replacing damaged equipment.
-Legal fees, court fees, investigative fees, travel costs.

• Health Care
-Increased costs for insurance, physicians and hospitalization.
-Employee time lost.
-Administrative costs.

• Theft/Fraud
-Wages paid for unproductive hours during downtime.
-Cost of repairing damage or replacing stolen items.
-Cost of hiring security services and/or consulting services.
-Legal fees, court fees, investigative fees, travel costs.

Drug testing has proven to be an effective tool for minimizing the use of illicit drugs by full- and part-time workers. Moreover, numerous studies affirm the cost-effectiveness of testing because drug users are 2.5 times more likely to miss significant time from work and 3.5 times more likely to injure themselves or others while at work. They are also 3 times more likely to be late for work and 5 times more likely to file a workers’ compensation claim.

Drug testing is also good business for other reasons. It may be required by state or federal regulations. It tells your customers and suppliers that you are doing everything possible to ensure that your workers are not impaired by the use of drugs or alcohol. It tells your non-using employees that you are interested in providing a healthy, drug-free work environment for them. And if you are contracting with government agencies you may be required to have a drug-free workplace. It also tells your customers that you are serious about providing quality goods and services by safe, alert and unimpaired workers. And if you are involved in security-sensitive operations, a “clean” workforce may be a fundamental requirement.
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