Not to be morbid, but we found this statistic from the Department of Labor pretty startling:
Research indicates that between 10 and 20 percent of the nation’s workers who die on the job test positive for alcohol or other drugs. (source.)
It’s a good reminder that even if employees use drugs & alcohol in their own time, it doesn’t mean the effects of the substances quit once they punch their time card and begin work. As as a resource for employers who want a drug-free workplace, we started to wonder how we can help.
Resources for Employers Facing Drugs & Alcohol
It’s not easy being an employer that has to deal with drugs & alcohol use. Especially if you’re in one of the industries like construction, mining, manufacturing and wholesale that also deals with several occupational injuries. Oddly enough, these industries with high injury rates are also the same industries with high drug & alcohol rates.
While each workplace will be different as far as people involved, protocols for this sort of thing and the general logistics of how the company operates – here are a few important practices you’ll want integrated into your processes. They are a good start at helping keep your workplace free of drugs & alcohol:
1. No Excuses on the Background Checks & Pre-Employment Screening
Life can get busy, especially when you’re trying to hire a large group of people. However one thing that should NEVER be bypassed is pre-screening for employees. Background checks, as well as drug and alcohol tests, should be done for each new person you hire. Don’t skip this important step. If they cannot pass the test before they get the job, more likely than not, they won’t pass the test after they get the job.
2. Find a Drug & Alcohol Testing Venue that’s Reliable
Because safety (and as the statistic showed) life … is at hand, make sure you use a trustworthy, reputable drug & alcohol testing partner. Don’t trust the “at home” kits, nor your future employee’s “word for it.” Follow protocols and work with a drug & alcohol testing partner who has a cheat-proof process and cheat-proof facility for testing.
3. Make it Easy – Have Drug & Alcohol Testing Come To You
Some companies out there (like ARCpoint Labs) will actually come to your office on your behalf. You don’t have to worry about sending your employee somewhere off-site to be tested for drugs & alcohol. They will arrive with all of the supplies needed for a cheat-proof collection. Their collectors are trained to guarantee an accurate sample. And their reporting and results will be quick and easy-to-read.
4. Implement Random Screening & Testing
Organizations that fall under DOT-regulations are already on alert for random drug & alcohol testing. However even if your organization doesn’t have to comply, you might look into it – especially if you’re in a high-risk industry. Random drug and alcohol testing for employees can act as a deterrence for its use.