Pre Employment Drug Testing

pre employment drug testing

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.

drug testing pre employment

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:

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.

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