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Why Should I Drug Test My Employees?

Many companies are required by Federal Regulations to drug test their employees.  Other companies you work with may require you to have a drug testing program as part of a contract.  Beyond this there are many practical reasons for employers to implement a drug testing program:

  • To minimize the chance of hiring an employee who may be a drug user.

  • Improve safety.

  • Reduce employee turnover.

  • Reduce absenteeism, tardiness, sick leave, and personal time off.

  • Reduce Workplace accidents

  • Identify current users and refer them for assistance.

  • To convince "casual users" that the cost of using is too high.

  • Give recovering users another reason to stay sober/clean.

  • To deter "recreational" drug use that could lead to addiction.

  • Reduce absenteeism, tardiness, sick leave, and personal time off.

  • To re-enforce the companies "no use" policies

  • Establish grounds for discipline or firing.

  • Reduce employee discipline problems.

  • Reduce workers' compensation costs.

  • Improve customer satisfaction.

  • Increase productivity.

  • Improve employee morale and motivation.

  • Improve your company's community image.

  • and more.


Alcohol and other drug abuse is one of the most serious problems affecting employers today.  The costs alone are staggering -- more than $100 billion a year in accidents, lost productivity, and related problems.


For smaller businesses in particular, one serious accident or one troubled employee can be devastating.   IHSN can assist even the smallest employers in establishing a testing program to help protect themselves from the potential liabilities of substance abusing employees.


Go back to IHSN's Drug Testing Essentials

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