Workplace Drug Testing BLOG

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in collaboration with and commissioned by the Drug & Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA) conducted a survey in March 2011 to obtain the opinions of human resources professionals about corporate drug testing. The survey revealed that some employers noticed an impact on employee productivity, absenteeism and workers compensation incidence rates after implementing drug testing programs.

Based on the DATIA/SHRM survey, nearly one-fifth (19%) of companies experienced an increase in employee productivity after the implementation of a drug testing program. Companies reporting high absenteeism rates of greater than 15% have reduced those rates from 9% to 4% after implementation of a drug testing program. This is a remarkable improvement of 56%. Companies with high workers’ compensation incidence rates (more than 6%) reported a drop from 14% to 6% after implementing drug testing programs; an improvement of 57%, and 16% of companies reported a net employee turnover decrease.

The poll of 1,058 randomly selected HR professionals showed the following further results: a majority (57%) of organizations reported they do pre-employment drug screening for job candidates, a slight increase in 2011 vs. 2010. When employers do post-employment drug tests, the most common tests are post-accident testing (51%), random testing (47%), and reasonable suspicion testing (35%). Most organizations (77%) conduct drug testing at off-site drug testing facilities only, while 16% conducting drug tests both in-house and off-site.

Drug testing programs have become a useful tool to evaluate candidates for employment and to promote safety in the workplace. offers a wide range of services to assist in the development, implementation, and the improvement of corporate drug testing programs. An effective corporate drug testing program is an ongoing process which involves all employees within an organization. Proven drug testing methodologies and robust policies are needed, as well as performance oriented benchmarks and metrics.

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