Illegal drugs are a menace to our society. The recent national survey indicates that out a sample of 240,000 respondents, 14.7% of respondents had used an illicit drug in the last 12 months.
Illegal drug use, along with alcohol use also costs Australian workplaces an estimated $6 billion per year in lost productivity.
Therefore, it is imperative that you take steps to ensure that your company is drug-safe.
Employee drug testing is a crucial part of an effective strategy against the dangers of drug use and abuse.
Why drug test your employees?
People are very good at hiding lots of issues. This unfortunately includes drug habits.
Without drug testing at work, there is no way for you to positively identify workers who pose a risk to everyone else in your workplace through their drug abuse.
A professional employee drug testing program has four fundamental benefits:
- Drug testing your employees ensures that no one in your workforce works while under the influence and negatively impact the quality of their work. A drug-related accident can have catastrophic consequences for your company.
- It allows you to protect not only your employees but also your other staff, as well as your customers and civilians from accidents. Most especially if you’re in an industry where drug-affected employees pose a serious safety risk to themselves and others.
- A complete drug testing program helps you avoid legal liabilities. This includes injury compensation costs and unfair dismissal lawsuits.
- You demonstrate to your employees that you care about them. By working hard to keep your workplace safe from drugs and alcohol, you enhance your company’s public image, too.
How do you drug test your staff?
There are several methods available to drug testing and even alcohol testing your employees.
With our Drug-Safe mobile clinics, we come to you. Our professionals are capable of carrying out hygienic urine and saliva testing.
The screening is quick, reliable, and ensures that your workday’s productivity is as unaffected as possible.
Moreover, any positive results are forwarded to our partner laboratories for fast additional verification. This is a very crucial step to ensure that there are no false positives.
Because sometimes an employee’s pre-existing medical condition and impairment or prescribed medications may trigger a false positive.
What is the best method for drug testing your employees?
When assessing what is appropriate for your organisation, you have to carefully think about your company’s circumstances and your main reason for drug testing your employees:
- Are you testing for the integrity of your workforce?
- Are you aiming to improve safety and productivity?
- Or are you weeding out high-risk individuals from your pool of candidates?
Furthermore, below you will find the different kinds of drug tests and their objectives:
Random drug screening
This is the type of drug testing method that most companies use. What happens is a number of employees will be selected randomly to undergo testing within an identified period of time.
However, contrary to popular belief, random testing does not aim to catch offenders. Instead, you drug test your employees in this manner as a form of deterrence.
This method is highly effective in cutting down on regular drug use since employees have no knowledge of the test beforehand.
Blanket screening involves testing an entire workforce for drugs. Through this, you can establish a “base-line” of alcohol and drug risk within your organisation.
Blanket drug testing allows you to develop a true picture of current risk among your staff.
From there, you can focus on the areas that indicate substance abuse clusters. This will make your drug screening program more cost-effective..
Targeted drug screening
Targeted screening tests for specific drugs or substances.
It is a good idea to perform a blanket test prior to any specific drug screening.
For screenings like pre-employment drug tests, they test for cannabis or methamphetamines as these are the two most commonly used substances.
One way to check if you have a hidden drug problem at your workplace is to perform surface testing.
This is completely discreet, as we will selectively test surfaces, such as tables, chairs or bathroom areas for drug residue.
The great benefit of this technique is that it does not require consent from your employees, since no individual is being tested.
According to statistics, two out of three drug users regularly “top up” at work. So this unobtrusive drug testing method will help you get a reasonable idea of the size of any potential drug problems at your company.
If you do have positive surface tests, you should then follow up with drug testing your employees.
We’re here to help you maintain a drug-safe workplace
Drug Safe was the first on-site testing organisation to gain accreditation from the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) to conduct on-site screening using mobile clinics.
Naturally, we have the skills and expertise for a complete drug testing at the workplace program. However, every company’s particular circumstances vary. Whether it is your industry or your staff’s moral or attitudes towards drug testing. We will work with you to find the optimum approach to keep your company safe from drugs.
Contact us today for a confidential discussion and find out how we can help you.