Drug Screening Company

Trying to find the right employee for your company can be quite challenging. Employers can spend thousands on the recruitment process, training and hiring only to find that the person they chose was a bust! The process then begins again. One of the ways to narrow down the final selected applicants is to perform drug testing. As part of the hiring process, job applicants may be required to be screened for drug and alcohol use prior to being hired or as a contingency of a job offer. Drug testing is one action an employer can take to determine if employees or job applicants are using drugs.

Employees may be tested for drugs or alcohol in the workplace, where permitted by state law. There are many different types of employment-related drug and alcohol tests which may be used by employers. These tests can identify evidence of recent use of alcohol, prescription drugs and illicit drugs. The types of drug tests which show the presence of drugs or alcohol include urine drug tests, blood drug tests, hair drug tests, breath alcohol tests, saliva drug screens, and sweat drug screens.

Employers may not only drug test as part of the employment hiring process, which is known as pre-employment drug testing, but they may also test current employees for drugs and alcohol use under certain circumstances.

Types of Testing

For job applicants, drug testing is typically conducted prior to an offer of employment.

For employees, there may be regular screening or screenings because of a workplace incident.

Many private employers are not required to test for drugs. However, companies in some industries, like medical, transportation, safety, defense, transit and aviation, may be required to test certain applicants for drug and alcohol use.

Job Applicant Drug Testing

Laws regulating drug testing depend on where you live. Job applicants may be screened as part of the hiring process where it is permitted by state law. If a company tests for drug use, it is typically part of the pre-employment screening process and would be required after the employer has offered the prospective employee a job. A failure of the drug test could result in the job offer being rescinded.

Drug and Alcohol Testing

Employees may be drug and/or alcohol tested prior to accepting a promotion, when an on-the-job accident occurs, and at any time when employed by the company as a continuing condition of employment.

If an employee does not pass the drug screening they could be subject to disciplinary action and/or terminated from employment.

Random Drug Testing Employees may be selected at random for drug testing at any time.

For Cause Drug Tests. Employees may be required to submit to a drug test if the company believes an employee may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol on the job, if unexcused absence from work or lateness is an issue, or if performance appears to be impacted by drug or alcohol abuse.

Post-Accident Drug Test. Any employee involved in an on-the-job accident or injury may be tested for drug or alcohol use.

Drugs Companies Test For

In addition to alcohol, companies can test for a variety of other substances. Testing that follows the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) guidelines includes:

  • Alcohol
  • Amphetamines (meth, speed, crank, ecstasy)
  • Cocaine (coke, crack)
  • Opiates (heroin, opium, codeine, morphine)
  • Phencyclidine (PCP, angel dust)  
  • THC (cannabinoids, marijuana, hash)

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