A drug-free workplace promotes safety and productivity. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, drug-using employees are more likely to produce less, be frequently absent, have higher health insurance costs and be prone to worker’s compensation claims. All these combined can amount to substantial losses for an employer.
To give you an idea of how much you stand to lose with your employee’s drug use, here are some numbers from the Hire Right blog:
- Lost work productivity linked to employee drug use is estimated at $197 billion a year in the US. This includes absenteeism and poor job performance.
- The losses incurred by a company from hiring an employee who uses drugs illicitly amounts to $13,000 a year.
- An estimated 14.8 million workers in the U.S. are illicit drug users.
Many companies employ hair drug testing into their employee retention programs. Hair drug testing is more expensive than most types of employee drug tests, but they provide a level of accuracy unmatched by other methods. As well, hair testing is less embarrassing for those concerned as it doesn’t require the collection of urine or saliva samples to be tested. All that’s needed is to cut a few strands of hair for the test to be completed.
Another huge benefit of hair drug testing is the lengthy detection window that it offers. Whereas urine test merely offers a window of four hours to seven days, hair testing can detect drug use that goes as far back as 90 days. Such a lengthy detection window is made possible by the fact that trace amounts of the drug used get trapped inside each hair, and a simple lab test can easily detect these trace chemicals. What’s more, hair drug testing can detect a whole host of drugs including marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, PCP, methamphetamines and opiates.
Hair drug testing can be conducted by pre employment drug testing facilities such as U.S. HealthWorks on your behalf. During the hair collection process, more or less 100 strands of hair are cut from the donor’s head. The strands are cut as close to the scalp as possible. There’s no need to pull the hair at the follicles, because only the hair above the scalp are needed for testing.
(Hair Collections from Trained Professionals, QuestDiagnostics.com)
(Can My Company Benefit From Utilizing Hair as a Drug Testing Specimen?, HireRight.com)