Drug Testing in the Workplace. Staying Ahead of a Changing Game.
The most efficient method for identifying employees who use illicit drugs is through workplace drug testing. Standard 5 Panel Drug Tests can effectively detect and deter usage and can be extended for a range of commonly abused drugs. Though drug testing requires an initial investment, the costs of an effective test are offset by the benefits of a safe, drug-free work environment. Drug testing in the workplace includes pre-employment and random drug testing, and the goal is to identify individuals with potential drug problems or a behavorial pattern of drug use. It has been shown that when applicants or employees are aware that a traditional drug test will be required they often abstain from use or plan accordingly. With hair drug testing, usage patterns over a 3-month period are established making it unlikely that lifestyle users can go undetected. As the world leader for hair drug testing Psychemedics can help you implement time-tested and proven drug testing policies and programs for a safe, drug-free work environment.
Why Do Employers Drug Test?
Many employers require drug tests for employees to create a safe and productive working environment. Drug testing policies help maintain employee morale, productivity, and limit additional costs like extra liability and health care claims related to drug abuse. Also, some jobs require the operation of equipment and machinery that could be impaired by drug abuse, which is dangerous for employees, customers, and the employer. In order to create the safest working environment, employers should implement workplace drug testing, policies, and programs.
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Pre-Employment Drug Test
A pre-employment drug test is taken during the screening process when a person is hired for a new job. The purpose for a pre-employment drug test is to identify potential drug problems or repeated drug abuse. Drug test results are completely confidential and the results are only disclosed to the person, the prospective employer, and the testing lab that administered the drug test.
Employer Drug Testing Laws
In most cases, employers are fully granted the right to test their employees for drug abuse. Some states do restrict employers from randomly drug testing employees who are not in safety-sensitive positions. Certain individuals with a history of alcoholism and/or drug addiction could qualify as individuals with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act, a non-discriminatory status. To learn more about the legality of drug testing in the workplace and drug testing rights, please visit Workplace Fairness.
What Drugs Can Be Detected?
Through our hair drug test, we can test for any of the following substances:
• Opiates (Heroin, Codeine, and Morphine)
• Amphetamine (Eve)
• Phencyclidine (PCP)
• Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lorcet, and Lortab)
• Oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percocet, Percodan, and Roxicodone)
• Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
Psychemedics is ready to provide accurate drug testing for your business and effective resources to start a drug-free workplace program. For companies based in North America, please call (877) 517-2033 or fill out our contact form. For companies based outside the U.S., please visit our international page to find your appropriate contact.