Many companies are not sure if they should implement a drug testing policy. Do the benefits outweigh the possible trust issues that are inevitable when you launch a drug-testing program? Let’s explore the pros and cons of drug testing for a drug-free workplace.
Positives Of Drug Testing Policies
1. Makes Your Work Environment Safer
Workers under the influence are unsafe to everyone around them, as well as themselves. They are not as aware of their surroundings as they could/should be since they’re under the influence and this creates a dangerous environment prone to workplace accidents and injuries.
For example, let’s say a worker is under the influence and is operating a forklift. A forklift is difficult for a sober worker to operate correctly, so if someone is under the influence and operating a forklift, it could be extremely dangerous for everyone involved. An employee with drugs in their system is 3.6 times more likely to be involved in a workplace accident than a sober person. Having a drug testing policy limits the risk of these situations. To learn more about overall workplace safety, click here to visit Arbill’s website.
2. Helps Drug-Using Employees Realize Their Problem
Many drug users don’t necessarily think they have a problem simply because they haven’t been caught. Once they are caught, it could help them realize how much their drug use negatively affects their life and everyone around them. This could lead to them getting help with their addiction/s. Drug testing employees might even make workers stop taking drugs so they won’t lose their jobs, helping to improve their lives and workplace safety.
3. Aids In Insurance-Related Deductions For Drug Testing
Many insurance companies give out deductions to companies that have required drug testing for their workers. Insurance companies feel more comfortable with companies that conduct drug tests because these workers are less likely to be on any drugs, limiting the amount of workplace accidents.
Negatives Of Drug Testing Policies
1. It’s Expensive
Drug testing is relatively expensive for your company. If a company is tight on money and isn’t able to afford the extra spending on drug testing, it’s not absolutely necessary. The more expensive the drug testing, the more extensive they are as well. Hairline testing is the most expensive. Urine is the least expensive. Blood testing is somewhere in between.
2. Generates Potential Trust And Privacy Issues
Workers may feel like it’s not fair they have to be tested for drugs by upper management, who does not have to take the same drug test. They could become disgruntled employees and you could lose their valuable trust. Some workers might also feel like it’s an invasion of their privacy. They may not want you to know what goes on in their life outside of work.
After weighing the positives and negatives of implementing a drug testing policy, it certainly makes more sense to be implementing one for your workers. If you feel as though drug testing is too costly, you must also consider the financial ramifications of someone under the influence breaking expensive machinery or hurting or even killing someone. The overall cost of those accidents is generally going to outweigh the cost of paying for drug testing.
One of your main goals as a company is to keep a safety workplace for all, and this becomes difficult to do without drug testing. A few weeks back in Philadelphia, a building collapsed, killing six people and injuring 13 others. The man operating the excavator had drugs found in his system. He’s now in jail and his bail is set at $1.6 million.
These are the risks you’re taking when not testing your workers for drug use.
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