Drug abuse in the American workplace is a serious and very expensive problem. Workplace drug testing can be a very effective way to battle this situation.
DRUG TESTING FOR EMPLOYERS:
Substance abuse takes a heavy toll on American business. Drug use in the workplace costs employers approximately $81 billion each year in lost productivity (U.S. Department of Labor). Drug abuse can seriously compromise the integrity and stability of your workplace.
More than 70% of substance abusers hold some type of job (American Council of Drug Education). Let Austin Mobile Drug Testing help you keep your work place drug-free.
EASE OF USE
Austin Mobile Drug Testing is committed to being the most streamlined drug-screening company available, from establishing a working-business relationship to reporting results.
Austin Mobile Drug Testing provides:
One Page Company Setup - A single form provides us your company information, which drugs to test for, where to send the results and invoicing. And we will also perform driving records for you.
Immediate Service Availability - No extra forms required. We provide you an authorization form of your company Drug Screen Release Form, which includes a map to our location. Give one of these to each person you send in and we do the rest.
Fast results - From the time the subject walks through our door, the test and paperwork take 5-10 minutes so they can get back to work causing you no "downtime".
Austin Mobile Drug Testing would like to offer you a more timely, lower cost solution for your drug testing needs. For more information on our drug testing services, call our office at (512) 507-5983. Or our New
Marble Falls Office at 830-201-4690
Austin Mobile Drug Testing's staff will work with you to determine what type of testing best fits your needs, from a single test, to arranging random or monitoring programs. This can also benefit personal and family testing as well.
The average time per person to complete the test and paperwork is usually 5 to 10 minutes. Your employee can work right up to the time of their test and return right after! No more lost production time or lost wage time YOU are paying for!
No substance that impairs you should be accepted on the job site. It doesn’t matter if it is alcohol or prescription medication (Medical Marijuana). Part of the problem with testing for marijuana use in the workplace is that the exact time of drug ingestion cannot be determined. The problem with marijuana is that it stays in your system over time and can also re-impair you over time. It gets stored in your fat, and because it can stay there for weeks, it can re-impair you if your body is under stress.
Since marijuana metabolites can remain in a person’s body long after the point of ingestion, employers have no way of determining whether an employee’s positive test resulted from usage on or off the clock. Thus, many employers choose not to take the risk of liability by employing individuals who test positive for marijuana. (Terry Noriel, owner of Onsite Drug and Alcohol
Testing in Klamath Falls)
IT'S A SAFETY ISSUE
DOT PHYSICAL REGULATION CHANGESThe National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (National Registry) is a new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) program. It requires all physicians who perform physical examinations for interstate commercial motor vehicle drivers, (DOT) to be trained and certified in FMCSA physical qualification standards.
Here's a sobering thought for employers: Almost 3 out of every 4 drug abusers are employed. WOW! The average time per person to complete the test and paperwork is usually 5 to 10 minutes. Your employee can work right up to the time of their test and return right after! No more lost production time or lost wage time YOU are paying for!
* At least 75 percent of drug abusers are employed. That's 10 million people working who use illicit drugs or abuse alcohol.
* Chances are you have worked with, are working with or know someone who is currently abusing substances.
* A drug or alcohol related problem is one of the top four reasons for the rise in workplace violence (auto accidents, machine-related accidents, non-fatal assaults, retail accidents, community service and healthcare).
* 65% of accidents on the job are caused by substance abuse (OSHA) and employees that abuse drugs file 6 times more worker's compensation claims. (Occupational Health & Safety Magazine)
* Every 23 minutes a death occurs as a result of drug or alcohol related accident.
* Drug using employees' health benefit utilization is 84% greater in dollar terms and they record 16 times more work absences. (U.S. Department of Labor)
* Alcohol causes 500 million lost workdays each year. A high turnover rate alone is costly to a company, not to mention a lower quality of productivity from an employee who uses drugs.
* Marijuana use has been linked to memory loss and difficulty with problem solving. Marijuana today is 30 times more potent than in the 80's and its effects can be more intense. Many people who use marijuana have trouble quitting and experience withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, difficulty sleeping and anxiety. Weekly marijuana users
are 4 times likely to engage in violent behavior than those who don't. It is associated
with violent behavior, health and social problems.
Court decisions provide two incentives for drug testing:
The majority of courts have held businesses liable for accidents caused by drug abusing employees, particularly when the company has no formal Drug Free-Workplace policy
The information has been compiled from the National Institute on Drug Addiction, the US Chamber of Commerce, the Employee Assistance Society of North America, U.S. Department of Labor website footnoted sources listed;
US Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (1996). Drug Use among U.S. Workers: Prevalence and Trends by Occupation and Industry Categories. Rockville, MD: US Department of Health and Human Services.
US Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (1996). Drug Use among US Workers: Prevalence and Trends by Occupation and Industry Categories.
US Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (1999). Worker Drug Use and Workplace Policies and Programs: Results from the 1994 and 1997 NHSDA.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, no business, regardless of size or location, is immune from the problems substance abuse can cause. It reported 6.5% of full-time workers are illicit drug users, and that alcohol and drug abuse costs American businesses about $81 billion annually in lost productivity, including death and illness.
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