Affordable On-Sites Drug Testing Services, working with The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides excellent resources for workplaces wanting to implement and maintain an occupational drug testing program.*
As a business owner, your priority is managing costs and maximizing profits.
An occupational drug testing program for your company is an easy, cost-effective way to:
- Reduce your insurance or workers compensation,
- Reduce the potential for fraud or theft,
- Reduce the costs of employee benefits; and
- Reduce absenteeism.
Occupational drug testing programs don’t need to be expensive or difficult to maintain, and are easily scalable to fit the size of your business and your individual needs.
Often, employers are hampered by legalities surrounding the questions they may and may not ask a potential job candidate about his or her drug/alcohol use. For many industries, this information is critical to the safe performance of the job duties. We can help you ask those questions.
With a sound company policy for occupational drug testing and employee screening, organizations can manage/reduce risk, and make informed judgments. Drug use in- and outside the workplace may negatively affect the company’s security, productivity, and compliance with important governmental regulations. It’s vital to your company’s success that you implement solid, well-thought-out drug and alcohol policies.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), in workplaces where there is employee drug abuse:
- The typical worker misses up to 15 days per year for illness or reasons other than holiday or vacation.
- Workers with substance abuse issues average nearly 25 days per year absence.
- The costs to employers of recruiting and training replacement workers can be nearly 50% of the employee’s annual salary.
- The added cost of health insurance benefits for substance abuse treatment programs may add up to as much as $28.5 billion in 2020, nationwide.
To proactively address situations like this, employers often turn to drug-testing facilities like Affordable On-Sites to assist with their policy development, specimen collections, and lab submissions. Working with AOS, a company may implement any or all of the following when working toward a drug-free workplace:
- Written Policy—A written policy protects you and your employee. Period. Be sure to include expectations for compliance and the consequences for violating that policy in your policy.
- Employee Education—Educate all your employees about the implementation of the drug-free workplace policies.
- Supervisor Training—Make sure your supervisory positions are trained to recognize drug-related activities and identify potential problems quickly.
- Employee Assistance Programs—Some employers offer EAPs to assist their employees with personal problems related to alcohol or other drug abuse.
- Drug Testing—Conducting regular drug and alcohol testing may help your business reduce insurance costs, increase productivity, and improve compliance with governmental regulations.
You don’t have to do it alone! Affordable On-Sites will assist you in developing a company-wide occupational drug testing and employee screening policy. We’re your trusted partner to develop effective policies that reduce insurance costs and increase productivity for your business.
*The Drug-Free Workplace Toolkit from SAMHSA provides information to help employers develop and sustain successful drug-free workplace programs.