Hiring the right people

All employers desire to fill their ranks with the right people. After all, recruiting the most qualified applicants are absolutely essential to the success of any enterprise.

In today’s economy, hiring only the best people has become more critical than ever. However, personnel recruitment involves more than just reviewing applicants’ resumes and making them sit through interviews.

As an employer, you need to protect your business from the negative impact of drug abuse.

The findings from the Australian National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS) are a clear concern for business:

  • 68% of illicit drug users aged 18 or older are employed full or part-time (full report).
  • The use of illicit drugs is highest among 20 to 29 year-olds (full report).

You have every reason to make sure your workforce is free of drug abusers. Implementing a pre employment drug testing program is a step in the right direction.

Why Drug Test Applicants?

An applicant could have the most glowing resume and impressively hurdle a series of interviews. However, if that applicant actually abuses drugs on a regular basis but gets hired anyway, he or she is likely to put your organisation at a disadvantage at some point in the future.

For one, drug abuse can impact job performance. Illicit drug use has a myriad of adverse effects on the human body, and drug users are more likely to take more sick days, engage in absenteeism or just plain slack off at work for one reason or another. Productivity suffers significantly when there’s a drug abuser in the workplace.

According to the Australian Drug Foundation, alcohol and drug use is costing Australian businesses $5.2 billion a year in hidden lost productivity and absenteeism. Aside from lost productivity and absenteeism, employers will also have to shoulder higher health care costs.

Since it is much harder and costly to deal with an existing employee who has a drug addiction, you want to find out before you hire the person. This is precisely why many employers opt to perform pre employment drug testing.

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There is no drug-proof profession

Drug use typically affects workplace concentration and judgement. When the job involves operating heavy machinery, it should be a no-brainer to conduct a workplace drug and alcohol test. The risk of injury or death at work and the associated fallout are simply too high to ignore.

But even white collar professions can suffer substantially from drug-related incidents. This can range from mishandling of client accounts, poor customer service and potentially fatal decision making on behalf of your company.

Statistics from wastewater drug analysis and the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research show that Sydney’s CBD is one of the biggest hotspots for cocaine use in Australia. This is clearly white collar territory.

Across Australia, capital city cocaine and heroin average consumption exceeds regional consumption.

What Is Tested?

A typical pre employment drug test screens for illicit drugs, including:

  • Cannabis — Marijuana use can impact short-term memory, impair thinking, and hinder the completion of complex tasks. These risks can be compounded in jobs that require manual labour or the use of heavy equipment.
  • Cocaine — Creates potential absentee workers that are more likely to be aggressive when under the influence. Employees who abuse cocaine can be harder to work with and a hazard when operating heavy machinery.
  • Opiates — Opiates like heroin are extremely dangerous. Accident rates, mood, theft, tardiness, absenteeism, and productivity can all be impacted significantly as a result of opiate abuse.
  • Amphetamines — Abuse can heavily impact focus, decision-making, vision, and mood. An employee on amphetamines becomes a risk not only to themselves but to everyone around them.
  • PCP — Considered one of the most dangerous illicit drugs, PCP has devastating effects on the people who abuse it. Even small doses can impact a worker’s mental health, causing thoughts of violence and suicide to spike.

Depending on the employer, some pre employment drug tests may also screen for prescription drugs.

Safe Work Laboratories Pre Employment Drug Testing

At SafeWork Laboratories, pre-employment drug testing is one of the drug testing services that we perform under Australian / New Zealand Standards.

Through on-site screening or at a SafeWork Laboratories location, our highly-trained field and lab staff are capable of drug testing for synthetic and designer drugs as well. Since every business and workforce is unique, our drug testing solutions are all done in accordance with your company’s policies and procedures.

If you need assistance in making your workplace safer, get in touch with us today and we’ll discuss the numerous options available to you.

Talk to us today on

1300 795 227

or get in touch via our contact page.

Online bookings for pre-employment medicals in Perth

SafeWork Laboratories is committed to equipping you with the right tools to safeguard your business and its employees. Illicit drug abuse can be disastrous for a workplace, so if you need a service to make sure your business is drug-free, contact us and we will work with you to create an efficient and convenient pre-employment drug-testing system. We also offer full pre-employment medical examinations in Perth at our Belmont centre.

Please click the preceding link for more details and to book an appointment.


Why is it necessary to conduct pre-employment drug testing?

These measures are put in place to safeguard your business from an individual that abuses illicit drugs. Risks to health and company productivity only increase when someone in the office abuses drugs on a regular basis. It’s not easy to deal with the challenges involved when an existing employee is dealing with drug addiction, so it’s always better to find these things out before hiring them. That is why pre-employment drug testing is vital for your business’s wellbeing. 

To safeguard you and your business, a pre-employment drug test can be requested from us. To discuss all the options that you have available under Australian/New Zealand standards, call us on 1300 795 227 or contact us online — we would be happy to help you create a safer work environment.

What do pre-employment drug tests screen for?

SafeWork Laboratories is dedicated to keeping a safe a secure workplace. That is why we screen for a number of different illicit substances:

Cannabis (marijuana, THC)
Benzodiazepine (only in the AS/NZS4308:2008)
Opiates (heroin)
Amphetamines (speed)

What samples will be taken for drug tests?

SafeWork Laboratories makes sure that you have every safeguard for your business and its employees. Our testing services are made to be convenient and efficient, which is why we offer both oral fluid and urine testing. We also offer hair testing if you require it.

How do I get my results?

Our drug testing laboratories are quick and efficient, which is why we guarantee a 24-hour turnaround time for results once they reach our laboratories. You will be given detailed instructions for how you can access these results, including details to sign in to our results portal. For more information regarding our services, visit our informative news page or call us on 1300 795 227 or contact us online.