Drug Testing and the Staffing Industry
Drug Testing for the Staffing Industry
Whether assisting companies in hiring permanent employees or employing temporary workers on a contract basis to fill staffing needs, businesses in the staffing industry have an immense impact on workplace environments across the United States.
According to the American Staffing Association, on average, more than three million temporary or contract employees work for staffing companies during any given week. Nearly 15 million temporary and contract workers are hired by U.S. staffing companies during the course of a year.
The economic effects aren’t the only notable benefit that staffing firms provide—they also influence how safe and productive our workplaces are by carefully screening job candidates to make sure they’re a good fit. Hiring individuals that have the right qualifications, skills, and professional characteristics to ensure a win-win for job applicants and businesses requires expertise and the right tools—such as drug testing.
How Drug Testing by Staffing Companies Creates a Better Workplace for All
Pre-employment drug screening helps staffing professionals identify prospective hires that might create an unsafe or unproductive work environment.
Drug abuse and addiction can wreak havoc on a workplace, so it is important to detect issues up front rather than after a business has invested time and money into a new hire.
Drug testing can help staffing agencies and their business clients reduce the problems of:
- Poor attendance and absenteeism
- Poor work quality and errors
- Work-related accidents and injuries
- Employee turnover
- Distractions that diminish productivity
- Workplace conflicts
- Decreased team morale
To demonstrate the importance of drug testing in combating these problems, consider the following information from the National Council on Alcoholism website regarding research findings:
- Workers with alcohol problems are 2.7 times more likely than those without a drinking problem to have absences related to injuries.
- Of the nearly 15 million Americans who use illegal drugs, approximately 70 percent are employed.
By screening potential hires for drug use, staffing agencies help reduce client businesses’ exposure to legal issues and workers compensation claims. And by recognizing possible drug abuse problems in individuals, they can help direct those suffering from addiction to resources that can assist them in overcoming their problem.
uVera Diagnostics Drug Testing Kits for the Staffing Industry
To most effectively prevent detrimental workplace problems that result from substance abuse, testing for a wide range of drugs offers the most benefit. uVera Diagnostics FDA 510(k) cleared and CLIA waived test kits provide a cost-effective and accurate drug screening option for staffing firms. They detect up to 14 different substances—including illegal drugs (like cocaine and heroin) and legal drugs (like prescription opioid medications)—with 99 percent accuracy.
- Amphetamines (such as Adderall and Ritalin) and methamphetamines
- Barbiturates (such as phenobarbital and Butisol)
- Benzodiazepines (such as Valium and Xanax)
- Buprenorphine (such as Buprenex and Suboxone)
- Cannabinoids (marijuana)
- Cocaine (also known as coke and snow)
- Ecstasy (also known as MDMA)
- Methadone (such as Symoron and Physeptone)
- Opiates (such as Oxycontin, Percocet, and heroin)
- Phencyclidine (PCP)
By testing for the substances within each of these categories, staffing professionals gain the peace of mind and satisfaction of helping to keep workplaces safer, healthier, and drug-free.
From split-sample drug tests to all-in-one urine drug tests and more, uVera Diagnostics offers variety and convenience. Browse our selection of innovative drug testing kits and order online today!