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Comprehensive Drug Testing Programs can Benefit Both Employers and Employees

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Comprehensive Drug Testing Programs can Benefit Both Employers and Employees

Drug use in the workplace will always create problems and adversely affect employee job performance, workplace safety, and other work-related activities. Workers who are under the influence of drugs may struggle to focus on their tasks, letting their minds drift toward things that aren’t related to their work. They may also become unreliable in attendance, dangerous, moody and theft may increase. In effect, drug abuse impairs a person’s judgment and increases safety risks which can result in serious injury and company liability. This is why employers conduct comprehensive drug tests for employees in order to prevent the the use of drugs at work and helps maintain the highest level of safety, productivity, and morale.

Because drug abuse can lead to absenteeism, tardiness, and employee theft, company profits are impacted. Drug testing programs in Franklin, MA allows employers to target those employees who are not reaching their full potential due to illicit drug use and improve the company’s performance overall. This ensures the hiring of a more productive and competent workforce which in turn results in a return on investment (ROI) which far exceeds the cost of the program.

Drug abuse can increase accident rates which it can dramatically increase a business insurance and liability costs as well. A workplace drug testing program helps employers decrease their health insurance premiums and health costs which are caused by on-the-job accidents and drug-related illness. It’s a win-win situation where both employer and employees will benefit by improving the health of employees while reducing company costs.

To find out more about comprehensive drug testing programs, contact CLS Diagnostics.

Types of Drug Tests Recommended for Businesses

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, April 04, 2018
CLS Diagnostics Comprehensive drug tests in Franklin, MA

Many companies in Massachusetts are making drug testing programs a company policy. These policies require all employees to undergo drug testing to determine if workers are under the influence of prohibited drugs. Employers have several options as to the type of drug test to meet their objectives. Here are the different test types:

Pre-employment Drug Screening - This requires new applicants to report for drug testing during the application process.

Random Drug & Alcohol Testing - This test is conducted randomly and unannounced to identify if there are any current drug users within a company.

Post-Accident Drug & Alcohol Testing - Employees involved in an workplace accident are tested for drugs/alcohol upon return.

Reasonable Suspicion Drug & Alcohol Testing - Employers can require that suspected employees undergo comprehensive drug testing as long as it is based on observations such as an odd change in behavior and/or speech.

Return to Duty Testing - Not all employees are terminated from work when they have positive drug test result. Some are penalized with suspension for a span of time. When they return to service, drug testing is required for reinstatement.

Follow-up Testing - Employees who are high performers and have been placed on probation for potential drug use must have follow-up testing and close monitoring for a specific duration of time.

CLS Diagnostics can help you select the right type of drug test to perform in your company based on your company's campaign objectives. Contact us today for more information.