According to a co-study done by the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)(in 2012) it concluded that an employee Drug / Alcohol Testing program improved productivity and attendance, while drug testing decreased Workers’ Compensation Claims and Employee turnover.
The study was based on an aggregate sample of 6,000 randomly selected Human Resource professionals.
These Human Resource professionals reported that after implementing a drug testing program, at their firms: 1) that 19% of the companies experienced an increase in employee productivity, 2) that 15% reported a decrease in worker absenteeism, 3) that 56% reported an improvement of their workers’ compensation incidence rates, and 4) that 16% reported employee turnover decreased.
Further, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 70% of all illicit drug users are currently employed with firms throughout America, while some industries have higher rates of employee drug use, such as construction (12.8%), industrial repair (11.1%), and hospitality (7.9-16.3%). [Site located at www.globaldrugpolicy.org/]
Working with established national partners, like Laboratory Corporation of America, Quest Diagnostics, and/or other private medical drug testing firms, random drug / alcohol testing can be implemented to meet your industry guidelines or statutory requirements. Many private sector employers have an existing program, while a majority of federal government agencies are mandated by statute, or agency regulation, to conduct such testing, on a prescribed basis and time-line. The Accu-Facts Company can assist you with a comprehensive nationwide drug screening solution to compliment your employment background screening program.
We can offer you third party solutions for required DOT Drug screening, including Lab-based 5 panel, 10 panel and 12-panel urine drug screening, which can be accessed at thousands of collection sites throughout the United States, at a provider of your choice. Testing is performed at SAMSHA-certified laboratories, for the variety of providers, along with conveying test results in a very timely manner. Other than urine tests, diagnostic screening may choose to use Hair samples, oral based Saliva testing, or Blood testing. SAMSHA is located at www.samhsa.gov/treatment/ an agency within the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services.
In summary, an organization may choose to use on-site or off-site drug testing facilities for both collections and testing, while some management teams may choose to use a combination of both in-house collection and/or off-site testing, based on circumstances or job site location. Regardless of your circumstance, there is a solution for your firm.
Your firm’s “Personnel Handbook” should illustrate your overall drug screening policy. The policy can dictate drug testing at the initial background screening stage, but certain industries and jobs mandate random drug tests during employment, after a workplace accident or vehicle accident, for example, while other testing may be prescribed within a given time frame of initial employment. We can help implement your program, gain strategic confidence within your workforce, and help secure your workplace. You will gain predictive results that matter to the safety and welfare of your entire business enterprise.
Contact our office for any questions or to initiate a drug screening discussion for your firm.