Sometimes, there is a call for employee drug testing at work. While we hope that no one is actually illegally using drugs – it still happens. And when it does, it is your responsibility to keep your employees safe from harm. U.S. HealthWorks aims to make your life less complicated as an employer and assist on some very important matters.
Did you know that according to the National Drug-Free Workplace Alliance (NDWA), Substance abuse is the third leading cause of workplace violence? This just one reason of many why investing in drug tests is a good idea to do as an employer.
There are a number of reasons why employee drug tests are best for your company. The 2007 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that with the help of drug tests, there was an increase in productivity. There were fewer accidents, theft, turnover, and more. Not to mention, according to the National Drug-Free Workplace Alliance (NDWA), “Drug-using employees are 3.6 times more likely to be involved in workplace accidents and five times more likely to file a workers compensation claim.”
A few benefits of drug testing through U.S. HealthWorks include:
- Results within hours: for negative results
- Increased worker productivity: reduces testing time allowing placement of employees into productive positions
- Reduced employment costs: decrease absenteeism due to substance abuse
- Shortened hiring cycle: eliminates 2-3 day delay in hiring prospective employees
- Reduced drug testing program costs: lower “per test cost” because U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group has testing labs and Medical Review Officers
To avoid even hiring a drug user, you can give pre employment drug testing to those applying. While it may seem like you are spending more money, you will actually be saving much more in the long run. In fact, if you hire an employee without drug testing them, The NDWA states that, “80% of drug abusers steal from their workplaces to support their drug use.” Pre employment drug testing is a cost-effective way to go when hiring. Let U.S. HealthWorks, an occupational medicine provider, help you when it comes to finding the right person for your company.
Sources: National Drug-Free Workplace Alliance: About Us, www.ndwa.org
Ask the Experts: The Benefits of Drug Testing, blog.employersolutions.com