The idea of incorporating pre-employment drug testing into your selection process is to lessen the impact of drug abuse on your business.
A few examples of how drug use can impact businesses: tardiness, absenteeism, turnover, attitude problems, decreased productivity, theft, crime and violence.
While there are many reasons to incorporate drug screening, it’s largely a simple way to improve your bottom line and lower your liability.
According to the US Department of Labor, 65% of all on the job accidents are related to drug or alcohol use. Substance abusers are six times more likely to file workers comp claims than non-abusers.
How to run a drug screening
The most common type is pre employment drug screening. Courts have consistently upheld the liability of using drug screens in your selection process.
Basic drug screens cost between $50-100 for most small employers. There are numerous companies with testing sites around the US that you can contact to start the process. Simply google “pre-employment drug testing” and you will have many options to review.
Adding drug tests to your hiring process isn’t just a good idea for your liability and bottom line – it also helps ensure your employees and customers are safe, and able to do their jobs to the best of their ability.
PRO TIP: It’s a big red flag when you come upon a prospective hire who hesitates to continue when they learn a drug screening is part of your process.
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