According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), drug abuse costs employers nearly $81 billion each year. Pre-employment drug screening can help businesses maintain a safe and healthy workplace by detecting potential substance abuse problems in job candidates. It enables employers to proactively protect themselves from hiring people who abuse drugs.
Drug and alcohol screening gives an organization critical knowledge that reduces the likelihood of hiring people who might put the well-being of others (other employees, customers, visitors, etc.) at risk.
It also helps a business avoid substance abuse-related problems that could damage its bottom line:
Given the potential ill effects that hiring drug-abusing employees can have in the workplace, it’s not surprising that 60 percent of employers surveyed by the Drug and Alcohol Testing Association (DATIA) said they conduct testing on job applicants.
Usually, a company will conduct pre-employment drug testing after it has made a conditional offer of employment to an applicant. If the screening shows negative for the substances tested, the business can proceed in officially hiring the individual and feel more confident in its selection.
With so many drugs (both legal and illegal) that offer the potential for abuse and addiction, a business can gain greater peace of mind by testing for a variety of substances like those listed below.
Federal law requires that federal contractors and grantees maintain a drug-free workplace. Also, companies in certain industries that hire individuals for certain safety-sensitive positions (such as airline pilots, bus drivers, truck drivers, taxi drivers, etc.) must screen those applicants.
Although not mandatory for other businesses, pre-employment drug screening can be a tremendous asset for establishing a drug-free workplace. Any company that wishes to screen employees should have a clear drug testing policy and make sure it complies with all federal, state, and local laws.
Common requirements include:
Note that these and other rules may or may not apply. Businesses should consider consulting an attorney to ensure they understand the laws they must abide by.
On-site drug testing kits can be ordered online and provide convenience and efficiency for both the job applicant and the business.* The individual does not have to take the time or effort to travel to a different location, and the company gets immediate results while avoiding laboratory fees.
uVera Diagnostics FDA 510(k) cleared and CLIA waived test kits, for example, provide a cost-effective and accurate option for on-site pre-employment drug screening. With 99 percent accuracy in detecting up to 14 different substances, they offer reliability and peace of mind to employers who want to maintain a drug-free workplace.
Take a moment to explore our drug testing products, which include split-sample drug tests, all-in-one urine drug tests, and more. If you have any questions or want additional information, feel free to contact us.
*Check applicable federal, state, and local laws to make sure on-site testing complies with their requirements.
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