Workplace Drug Testing
More and more companies are starting to set up drug-free workplace programs. Encouraged by the U.S. Department of Labor, businesses that have such a program in place can get incentives such as discounts on their workers’ compensation insurance. In a few states, like Georgia, law mandates the reward percentage. In others, it is up to the individual insurance companies and policies.
When businesses are deciding to implement a drug testing policy at work, a few questions must be answered, such as who will be tested, when and how it will be done. There is also an important component that must be looked at when someone tests positive for drugs or alcohol on the job. Does the employee get a chance to enter into a rehabilitation program, or are they fired immediately? Many companies hire Employee Assistance Programs (EAP’s) to help deal with issues like this, and they should have a policy on how to handle these situation.
Having a drug-free workplace program that includes employee drug testing in many company environments is almost essential now, especially when more than three quarters of illicit drug users are employed, meaning somewhere between 6 and 9 percent of employees use illicit drugs. In addition to that, another 6 percent of full-time workers are heavy drinkers.
Alcohol and drug use in the workplace costs hundreds of millions of man-hours in lost workdays and even more in terms decreased productivity and accidents on the job.
Does your company have a drug-free workplace policy, or do they at least require drug testing before employment? We’d like to hear if you think it is fair to require a negative drug test prior to being hired or if you have any examples of how drug and alcohol use has impacted your work environment.
Article by Eric