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7 Reasons Why Should I Drug Test my Employees

7 Reasons Why Should I Drug Test my Employees


Many businesses are required by Federal Regulations to drug test their employees. Other businesses offer Drug Free Workplace programs requiring new hires to be tested for drugs before entering the workplace.


Businesses who do not drug test their employees see an increase in turnover, absenteeism, employee theft and fraud as well as regulatory compliance issues. According to the Small Business Administration, substance abusers are 33 percent less productive and cost their employers $7,000 annually. Annual productivity losses from substance abuse amount to $640 for every American worker, regardless of whether they are substance abusers. (Institute for a Drug Free Workplace, Washington, D.C.).


For the businesses that do not drug test their employees there are many practical reasons for employers to implement a drug testing program:


  1. Employees will become more aware of safety in the workplace and will benefit from a safer work environment - fewer accidents on the job.
  2. After a positive drug test, an employee who loses a job may not qualify for unemployment compensation benefits.
  3. When refusing a drug test an injured employee may forfeit eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits
  4. When an employee tests positive on a post accident drug test, the employment may not be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits
  5. Decrease in absenteeism, mistakes at work, theft in the workplace, and problems with supervisors
  6. Increase in productivity, competitiveness and employee moral
  7. 5% credit to workers’ compensation insurance premium

Learn more on how you can increase your businesses productivity and save money at the same time.  


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