Drug Free Work Place Policy Facts from USA Mobile Drug Testing
Do you have a formal written policy for your company? If yes, when was the last time you had it reviewed? If no, this is the first step in getting your company on the path to a Drug Free Workplace, congratulations! USAMDT of Central Long Island can assist you in putting together a comprehensive policy.
Financial Impact: The US Coast Guard did a study stating each drug user cost them, on average, $6,600/year. The Dept. of Labor did a similar study and states it costs them $7,000/year. Let’s do the math: 1,000 employees – assuming 8% average drug use = 80 employees effected
80 x $6,600 = $528,000
That is over half a million dollars a year that you are wasting on workers’ comp claims, injuries, lost productivity, absenteeism and poor morale.
Testing Reasons: Pre-employment, reasonable suspicion, post-accident, random, follow up, return-to-duty and job site screening. Fun facts: 50% of workers’ comp claims are abandoned when confronted with a drug test. Today 1 of the key reasons for drug testing is to defend a workers’ comp claim. And of course having a strong policy will also prevent you from paying an unemployment claim for an abuser.
Types of Samples: Hair, Urine, Saliva, Blood, Breath Alcohol and Oral Fluid.
Are you required to comply with Dept. of Transportation (DOT) Testing? If yes, has your company distributed DOT compliant policies to all covered drivers? Is your company conducting inquiries for alcohol and controlled substances information from previous employers? Are you meeting the 2012 DOT Random Testing Rates for your specific DOT agency? Do you know who your DER is?
What is screened in a standard 5 panel test? Amphetamines including Methamphetamine (AMP), Cocaine Metabolites (COC), Marijuana Metabolites (THC), Opiates including Codeine, Morphine and Heroin (OPI), Phencyclidine (PCP). What are some additional panels? Barbiturates (BAR), Benzodiazepines (BZO), Methadone (MTD), Propoxyphene (PPX), Methaqualone (MTQ), Methamphetamine (mAMP), Ecstasy (MDMA), Oxycodone (OXY).
What is Random Testing: Random testing is performed on an unannounced, unpredictable basis on employees whose identifying information (social or employee #) has been placed in a testing pool from which a scientifically arbitrary selection is made. This selection is normally computer generated to ensure that it is indeed random and that each person of the workforce population has an equal chance of being selected for testing regardless of whether that person was recently tested or not.