Drug Screening in the U.S. Workplace
The concept of drug testing has really grown in the U.S. Not only when it comes to pre-employment criteria, but also randomly throughout the workforce. The goal is to make sure those that are hired are going to be able to successfully and safely perform the job tasks. Drug testing also helps to reduce insurance premiums and that helps with the overhead for any business.
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Testing for drug use, in comparison is, a bargain, resulting in higher productivity, lower incidence of injury, less lost time and less expensive insurance.
In the case of the Nuclear Power Generating Industry, for one example, safety concerns are not only for employees and their co-workers. The safety of the public-at-large is a major consideration.
In terms of construction and maintenance contracting or, other service industry contracting, a company’s safety record, if less than optimum, could preclude it from winning a contract -for at least two reasons; 1) a bad safety record drives up overhead in the form of workers’ compensation insurance rates, and 2) a bad safety record might preclude a company from being invited to bid. In the first consideration above, a higher overhead makes it more difficult to compete -a company might not be able to be the lowest bidder.
With the access to various forms of medications in the medical field, you can be sure that employers are doing drug testing on a regular basis. They realize that the individuals in such a work environment are responsible for the patient and often make decisions that could have life or death ramifications for someone in their care. Employers aren’t going to want to allow the use of drugs by such employees to slip through the cracks.
While some types of factory work doesn’t require very much in terms of higher education or technical skills, as the employees can be taught the job they will perform, there are plenty of hazards present and plenty of room for injuries or mistakes. The machinery is quite sophisticated and expensive. Working conditions may be quite harsh.
Keeping drugs out of such entities is very important for production levels, the quality of production, and the overall safety of everyone. It is a well known fact that if safety is the number one priority, quality and production will be where it should be.
With construction, there are plenty of specialized tools, equipment, and even working at heights involved. Certainly it wouldn’t be effective to allow individuals to do such work without drug testing being enforced for the overall safety of other employees as well as the entire construction site.
The umbrella of transportation workers is very large. This includes those that operate public transportation, truck drivers, and even taxi drivers. All of these individuals are out there on the road with other people and need to be as safe as possible. It makes perfect sense for them to be drug tested.
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Many employers in an office setting also take part in drug testing. They don’t want to take the risk that one of their employees will go off the edge with other employees or customers. They want to maintain a safe and friendly environment at all times.
While many employers in the U.S. are now taking part in drug testing, they aren’t without an understanding that drug use occurs nonetheless. They continue to use more advanced systems for testing so that it is tough to cheat.
At the same time, since the company often has an investment in a good employee, many of them also offer treatment options rather than firing someone that has a positive drug test. They are taking a proactive approach to find a solution and that is encouraging.
Post-Accident or Post-Injury Drug Testing
As a defense mechanism, it is standard procedure for a company to immediately test for drugs in the event of a personal injury or industrial accident involving an employee.
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