EMPLOYEE WORKPLACE DRUG TESTING: LOCAL-REGIONAL-NATIONAL
Employee Drug Testing, Workplace Drug Testing, Drug-Free Workplace Program Management for DOT-Regulated and non-DOT Companies
"Employee drug testing is NOT about a company trying to 'catch' employees using drugs. Drug testing employees is about preventing employee drug-use in the workplace that will ultimately cause accidents and injuries to company personnel. Pre-employment drug tests and randomly testing existing employees for drug use in the workplace is also about a company's LEGAL obligation as well as MORAL responsibility to keep its workplace a SAFE and HEALTHY environment for ALL its employees, customers, and even its vendors. Employee drug testing helps socially responsible companies to achieve those important goals to the benefit of all, including the employee's family."
Ed Poole, President/COO, OHS Inc.
Employee drug testing works! Since 1988, “The Drug Testing Index”™ report has been updated and released annually by Quest Diagnostics Laboratories. Their most recent report is based on more than 10 million drug tests of USDOT-regulated and "general workforce" employees performed during 2019. The success of employee drug testing has long-ago been confirmed!There is no more any question: the continuation of pre-employment, random, post-accident and reasonable suspicion employee drug testing results in lowering employee drug test “positivity” rates and helps socially responsible companies maintain a safer and healthier workplace environment for their employees, customers, and vendors!
Note below, the 55% drop in drug test 'positivity' rates for existing employees since pre-employment and existing employee drug testing records were first kept by Quest Diagnostics in 1988:
Great progress, yes; perfection, not quite yet! But, do you see how effective ongoing employee drug testing has become in lowering workplace drug-use?
Unfortunately, employers must continue drug testing today because employee drug-use continues today. OHS Inc. can help your company become and stay drug-free no matter where you are located in the USA, no matter how many locations you have nationwide!
A comprehensive Drug-Free Workplace Program includes pre-employment drug testing your job candidates plus random drug tests of your existing workforce, along with reasonable suspicion (aka, "for cause"), post-accident, return to duty, and follow-up employee drug testing. All services can be provided locally, regionally, or nationwide, in all 50 states. Onsite specimen collection and drug tests of 10 or 1,010 of your employees or employee candidates - at your company's offices, job sites, or Job Fairs - can also be easily scheduled by OHS locally, regionally, and nationwide (visit: Comparing Onsite Collections to Clinic Collections).
"WORLD-WIDE" ILLICIT DRUG-ABUSE FACTS:
Just over 60% of the entire World's illicit drugs are consumed by the population living in just "one" country out of the 195 countries in the World.
That "one" country is our own United States...representing only 4.52% of the entire World's population, yet, responsible for using and abusing over 60% of the entire World's illicit drugs!
Only 23% of our nation's drug-abusers are the "typically-portrayed" people sitting in abandoned buildings and back alleys of our cities "shooting up" heroin or "snorting coke".
The other 77% of drug-abusers are full-time or part-time EMPLOYED! (If you are not presently drug testing your employees, "some" of those 77% are most likely employed by your company!)
Employee drug testing- a comprehensive Drug-Free Workplace program SHOULD involve these six (6) "types" and "timings" of drug testing.Separately administered, each of the six "types" of employee drug tests defined and explained below is important and effective "to an extent", especially, for their purpose of their "timing". But, when all six types are fully employed together, employee drug testing builds and maintains a solid Drug-Free Workplace program.
Too few companies that do drug testing realize that "Random" drug tests and "Reasonable Suspicion" drug tests are actually the two MOST important and effective drug testing types to DETER workplace drug use. Unfortunately, both are less utilized by companies that drug test than "Pre-employment" drug tests. Yet, BOTH drug test types offer MUCH more of the important deterrence effect. Employees doing drugs or dealing drugs in the workplace are far more unlikely to do so when random drug testing is in place. Why?
Random drug testing is essentially "surprise" drug testing- once the employee is tapped on the shoulder, they can't opt out. On the other hand, pre-employment drug tests are the "easiest" of the six types of tests for job candidates to "pass". That is because your job applicants usually have sufficient advance notice of being tested (i.e., the window from time of the interview invitation to time of the actual interview appointment). This helps drug-users to avoid a drug test that has a "Positive" result.
Further, even if your hiring ad does not state, "We require drug testing of all applicants."...today, the unemployed drug-user looking for work knows that the vast majority of companies are now doing at least "pre-employment" testing. This knowledge enables drug-user applicants to stay "clean" for enough hours (e.g., alcohol) or enough days (with many drugs, only 1-2 days needed) to then test "Negative" and get hired! If they DO use drugs or are alcoholics (also a "drug", remember), what do you think they will do with their first paycheck???
Employers: to view just how short the time-frame is that most drugs are "detectable" when testing urine of a job candidate (e.g., in advance of a "Pre-employment" drug test) please click this link: Drug Detection Time Frame (With most drugs, if the job candidate "abstains" from using for 2-3 days beforehand, they will likely test "negative" on the day of their interview).
THE 6 DIFFERENT "TIMINGS" FOR DRUG TESTING YOUR EMPLOYEES
Think about it: have you ever seen someone purposely accelerate their car through a "red" light (after the "yellow" light had already changed), and a POLICE CAR was ALSO in plain view? The smart company keeps their random program "high profile" and "well-publicized" by posting notices in the company parking lot, workplace, coffee break room and even occasionally inside their pay envelope. This ensures that ALL employees are aware of its frequent occurrence throughout the year. Employees consistently being reminded of the chance of being "randomly" selected for a drug test "at any time" and "without any advance warning" is the BEST test "type" to deter workplace drug use. OHS, Inc. can provide "randomly-scheduled" random testing onsite - at your offices or job site - anywhere in the USA!
The USDOT requires "Reasonable Suspicion" training for supervisors of companies with DOT-regulated employees. Because there is no such "law" or "regulation" requiring companies with non-regulated employees to do so, few of them do. That is a big mistake because of all six "types" of drug testing, tests done for "reasonable suspicion" result in "positive-for-drugs" at a higher percentage (13.0% for DOT-regulated employees and 35.7% for "general workforce" employees in 2019) than for any of the other five types of drug tests.
OHS, Inc. offers an extremely effective "online" Reasonable Suspicion Supervisor Training program. We strongly recommend you put all your supervisors and managers through it even if you do not have DOT-regulated employees. This special training covers all the subjects of "Workplace Drug-Abuse Awareness" and "Reasonable Suspicion" drug testing required by the USDOT. Their training will definitely help keep your company's workplace - and your employees, customers, vendors - much safer!
In most states, an employee that tests "positive" for one or more drugs immediately following an on-the-job accident may be legally subject to dismissal "for cause". They also may sometimes be held ineligible to receive certain benefits. Either or both unemployment insurance and Workers' Compensation can be lost. If your company does not now do post-accident testing, OHS Inc. strongly suggests that you BEGIN!
Return to Duty drug tests are essentially "pre-employment" tests. The suspended employee is re-applying for the position they lost. OHS Inc. strongly recommends that non-regulated companies that do have a re-hire policy also implement this same Return to Duty drug testing process as is required by the DOT for DOT-regulated employees. A note of caution, though, if you decide to give your employees "second-chances": In 2019, Return to Duty drug test positives were 108% more frequent than Pre-employment positives for DOT-regulated/safety-sensitive personnel. Among the "general" workforce, Return to Duty drug test positives were 39% more frequent than pre-employment positives.