In today’s fast-paced world, Drug Abuse has made its way into all levels of society, warranting the need for regular drug testing. As technology grows, larger companies are now able to implement and reinforce their own drug-free policy as well as their drug testing procedures. A survey from Detox.com indicates:
“Seven in 10 Americans have used drugs while at work, including opiates, amphetamines, and cocaine.”
This statistic certainly causes concern for industries of all sizes. Almost 99 percent of businesses in America are Small Businesses and varying corporations alike. These businesses undoubtedly generate and drive the American economy. When it comes to productivity and workplace safety, employers are more concerned than ever of the drug epidemic that is plaguing the united states. However, there are certain things to keep in mind when implementing corporate drug testing.
State Drug Testing Laws
Though every state has different laws regarding their Drug Laws, drug screening after an employment offer is almost becoming a common practice. For the State of New York, for instance, the current illegal use of drugs by employees is outlawed and is a basis for termination. However, persons who have recovered or are recovering from alcoholic or drug addiction are protected by the law and must be allowed reasonable accommodation which may include adjustments to work schedule to allow ongoing treatment. This is for the safety of all other employees in the business. Also, in New York, Drug screening of school system drivers is mandatory. This may include pre-employment, random, reasonable suspicion, post-accident, and return to duty testing. Only certified laboratories may conduct the initial and confirmatory tests and validation by a medical review officer is required.
Other states like Massachusetts allow drug testing occasions of post accidents or for probable cause. Random testing is limited only to safety-sensitive positions according to a State Supreme Court decision. However, workers’ compensation and unemployment benefits may be denied of an employee for deliberate misconduct in violation of the employer’s standard rules or enforced policy. For such purposes, a drug-free workplace policy may be needed.
What about Small Business Corporations? How can they continue to maintain a drug-free work environment for their employees?
Why Have a Drug-Free Work Policy?
Part of the appeal of small business is the family-run feeling that consumers know and love. Of course, in certain circumstances, the family-run mentality may take place on the sales floor as well as the workplace infrastructure resulting in lax policies or lack thereof.
Small Business owners value and respect their workers – sometimes employing these diligent individuals for decades. However, the likelihood of Drug Abuse affecting small businesses in some capacity whether now, or in the future seems to be only a matter of time. Given the nature of how closely people work together in small businesses If an employee faces an issue with substance abuse, it would go easier if the company has a written Drug Abuse policy to fall back on.
Employers are responsible for providing a workplace with safe and healthy working conditions. Part of that workplace safety may mean implementing stern policies that ensure employees are provided an area where they can work comfortably and maintain focus on their tasks.
Drug Testing Your Employees – Why This is Important
Certainly, it’s within every business’s capability to initiate Drug Test screenings for potential candidates looking for employment, as well as current employees. Can businesses make it their policy to regularly screen employees?
An interesting point from hireright.com reports: “…more than 40 percent of employers do not conduct pre-employment drug testing, and 64 percent of employers do not test current employees, according to the 2011 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Drug Testing Efficacy Poll”
What is stopping businesses from Drug Testing both current and future employees? Employers report the costs associated with pre-employment screenings. The cost for said evaluations starts at around $30.00, and as high as $50.00.
Some employers feel this cost is too high to incur, and a simple background check will often suffice. Furthermore, with drugs like Marijuana becoming legal in some states, many applicants showing positive for cannabis causing difficulty for employers to maintain a once-popular “zero tolerance” policy.
Yes, implementing a clear written Drug-Free Workplace policy, and providing preparation for Testing potential candidates, as well as current employees, will certainly solve more problems than it creates.
If you are a Company Owner, maintaining a Drug-Free Workplace is it’s own reward – providing not only peace of mind for yourself and your employees but saving you thousands of untold costs in liability. You may even be eligible for a discount on your Workmans Comp – if applicable.
Can I Purchase a Single Use Drug Test?
12 Panel Now offers Drug Tests in Bulk, or for single use. If you are concerned about how you will fare on a Drug Test, or simply wish to test yourself, it’s a fairly easy process taking only a few minutes. Our Single Use 12 Panel Urine Drug Test tests for 12 commonly abused drugs, including THC – the primary psychoactive ingredient in Marijuana.
After the donor seals the urine in the leak-proof container, it is then handed off to the evaluator. What makes the process streamlined is that the strips used to indicate the test results are sealed within the container. For hygiene reasons, this is ideal. When it is time to view the test results, the evaluator simply peels away the outside label revealing the drug test strips with each individual result.
The test results within the Drug Test will show results within a few minutes. Results should be evaluated within 5-8 minutes. Results should not be evaluated after 1o minutes.
The 12 Panel Drug Testing Kits test for 12 of the most abused and commonly used drugs. However, depending on your needs, you can purchase other kits that test for different drugs. For instance, the 13 Panel Drug Testing Cup includes all the same drugs tested within a 12 Panel Drug Test with the addition of the drug Fentanyl (FYL). There are also variants of the typical 12 Panel Drug Test that include drugs like phencyclidine, or PCP.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding our product or wish to place an order, feel free to call us at (888) 936-6627