6 Things You need for Drug Testing in the Workplace
A company drug testing policy is only as good as its enforcement
By Bill Nee, VP Sales/Marketing uVera Diagnostics
In this blog, we explain the 6 Things You need for Drug Testing in the Workplace and why you need a company drug testing policy and drug testing procedures. We know that drug testing in the workplace comes with challenges for the company administrators and human resources, but we also know the benefits far outweigh the challenges.
- Helps you hire the right, drug-free employees by including pre-employment drug testing as part of your hiring practices.
- Lets you know if someone coming back to the job from an accident or medical procedure is taking drugs, even those prescribed by a doctor.
- Can be random, so you can maintain a drug free workplace.
- Can save your company money from potential employee accidents and lost time at work.
- Helps mitigate your company’s liability.
These are only a few of the many reasons why your company should have a drug testing policy and why your employees should be tested for drugs. Now, let’s look at the 6 Things You need for Drug Testing in the Workplace.
A company drug testing policy is only as good as its enforcement. Here is what you need:
2. Drug Abuse Education
While the majority of your employees may not use drugs and are committed to a drug-free workplace, it is important to provide drug abuse education and resources. This education can include:
- Educational information and videos on drugs in the workplace.
- Inviting a drug specialist or addiction counselor to speak to your employees.
- A supervisor training opportunity to help managers identify warning signs of drug abuse in their employees.
At each opportunity for drug abuse education, you should go over your drug testing policies and remind workers of the company’s disciplinary policies for drug use.
3. Obtaining Drug Testing Supplies
In order to enforce the policy, you need to have the drug testing materials and supplies. With today’s technology, drug testing can be purchased online and done right in the workplace. It is important to decide what drugs you want to detect.
There are several drug testing kits available that can test for certain drugs including:
- Urine drug testing kits
- Saliva drug testing kits
- Hair drug testing kits.
Choosing a drug test kit is up to the administrator. For example, many companies choose the 5-panel urine drug testing kits that test for opiates, meth, cocaine, marijuana and PCP. You can read more about the test in our blog, The 5 Panel Drug Test is a Drug Tester’s Best Friend.
With the growing prescription drug abuse problem, many companies may opt for the 10-panel drug test to help detect prescription drug abuse. You can read more about this by clicking The Cold Hard Facts about Prescription Drug Abuse. There are also alcohol test kits that measure blood alcohol content. See below for a link to drug testing supplies.
4. Implementing an EAP or Employee Assistance Program
An EAP is a confidential service that provides assistance for employees struggling with drug abuse and addiction. Many health insurance programs now bundle EAP programs with traditional health insurance policies. Many companies find that offering EAP resources for counseling is the most cost effective means of addressing drug abuse.
5. Initial set-up and partnerships
Partnering with a company like our company, uVera Diagnostics, can help streamline the initial set-up process and provide recommendations for implementing the drug testing process. We can help your company select the drug testing kits based on the drugs you want to test for or by the guidelines set by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In some cases based on your industry, drug testing must be conducted off-site at a local clinic, a medical hospital, or even a doctor’s office. It is important that you determine if your company has any drug testing restrictions and policies to follow to help your business stay on safe legal ground.
6. How to Detect Drug Abuse in Employees
We know that you are a not an expert on drug abuse, so it can be difficult to detect drug abuse and addiction among employees. One thing you can do, however, is provide training on how to recognize the signs of substance abuse. This will help supervisors or other employees identify drug abusers. Here are some warning signs that an employee is abusing drugs:
- Increased absenteeism due to mysterious illnesses (in reality, the employee could be suffering from a hangover or withdrawal symptoms)
- Loss of motivation or interest in future goals
- Sudden change in work performance
- Constant excuses for tardiness or incomplete assignments
- Stealing money or requesting frequent loans
- Destructive or inappropriate behavior with no regards for social norms
- Constant excuses or denials about behavior
- Memory impairment or loss
- Fighting with employees or managers
- Carelessness or accidents on the job
Different drugs will produce different signs and symptoms. To read about warning signs produced by individual drugs download our free PDF book Employer’s Guide to Drug Testing in the Business World. Or you can look at our section on Shop by Drug Type. We provide specific information about each drug, and its dangers and side effects.
Drug Testing in the Workplace
In spite of the challenges that a drug testing in the workplace poses for administrators, it will truly save your company money and improve productivity. It is estimated that employers lose up to $100 billion dollars per year* due to drug abuse in the workplace. One estimate found the annual cost of unscheduled absenteeism – which can be a sick day, an unplanned personal day, or an unexplained absence – was $660 per employee.** “According to results of a NIDA-sponsored survey, drug-using employees are 2.2 times more likely to request early dismissal or time off, 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.”*
The bottom line is that businesses can no longer afford to shoulder the financial burdens associated with drug use. A pro-active drug testing program and drug-free workplace policy are essential for every business – big and small.
uVera Diagnostics has a variety of FDA 510(k) cleared and CLIA waived test kits that are affordable, convenient, simple to administer, 99 percent accurate, and fast in providing results.
Set to SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) cut-off levels, our urine drug test kits are used by businesses and organizations in a wide range of industries from staffing to medical to criminal justice to construction and more.
Among our most popular testing kits is our CR3 Drug Test Cup. This patented test cup has an innovative design (including a large opening, slanted top, and snap-shut lid) that simplifies the process for drug test administrators. Also widely used because of its convenience and fast results is our All-in-one Urine Drug Test Cup. This one-step urine test uses an integrated test cup and is available in a variety of panel options (5 panel, 6 panel, 7 panel, 10 panel, 12 panel).
We have many other drug testing kits, as well, that you can use for random drug testing. Contact us today if you have any questions about how we can help you fulfill your drug-free workplace initiative.
For more information on drug testing, click here or call 1-866-242-5930.
Posted by Bill Nee, VP Sales/Marketing uVera Diagnostics and Co-designer and Developer of the CR3 split-sample drug test cup. Bill has 27 years in sales management and marketing and is a 12 year veteran of the drug testing industry. As a parent and co-worker, Bill’s energy is focused on drug testing on every level. Addiction is all around us in alcohol, prescriptions and street drugs, and that is a constant reminder a drug free society starts with each and every one of us.
This information is meant for awareness and education purposes only. Any medical or life saving advice should come from experts. Always consult with your physician about any and all drugs. If it is an emergency, dial 911 or call emergency services.