Drug use among employees can affect employers on many levels, leading many companies to institute stringent workplace policies for drug use and testing. Businesses that do not have drug testing policies now should start planning to implement one for the new year. The following three reasons to start a drug testing program in 2016 will help you understand why.
1. Make Better Hiring Decisions
Keep your company safe and productive by hiring drug-free candidates for your team. Many large corporations use drug testing as a preliminary applicant screening tool, meaning drug users will naturally gravitate to companies that do not have pre-employment drug testing policies, increasing the risk for your business. By implementing a drug testing program in 2016, you will raise the bar for qualified applicants to your firm, and reduce the likelihood of workplace incidents including violence, accidents, and absenteeism.
After hiring drug-free candidates, you should encourage your employees to abstain from the use of illicit drugs by implementing a random drug testing policy. When employees who value their job know they could, at any time, have to submit to a drug test, they will more likely avoid drug use.
2. Comply with Government Regulations
Some job categories such as healthcare, law enforcement, and transportation require employee drug testing. If any such regulations govern your company, you should view 2016 as your change to become compliant. When you enact a drug testing policy, you will safely operate without fear of penalties or disqualifications from government contracts.
To design a drug testing program that will meet applicable regulations, you must first determine what government policies affect your company. If you do not have an understanding of what rules might govern the operation of your firm, you should contact an attorney who specializes in regulatory compliance for help. When you comply with applicable laws and regulations, you reduce your liability, in the event of an audit or inspection, and qualify your company for more work.
3. Lower Costs
Labor laws require businesses to carry workers’ compensation, insurance that helps pay for workers who get injured on the job. Insurance companies realize that employees who use drugs might get hurt more easily and make mistakes that hurt others. When you have an employee drug testing program in place, your workers’ compensation insurance provider might offer a reduced premium for your coverage. Having a drug testing program might also qualify your company for premium discounts for your business insurance policy. Check with your insurance providers for their exact requirements for qualifying for discounts, so you know what details to include in your new drug testing program.
Having a drug testing program in place will also help lower public relations costs. By giving the community confidence that your company takes precautions to protect its workers and the community from possible drug-related mishaps, you can gain credibility and goodwill among the public, whose support you need if your company every needs tax breaks or other public accommodations when your firm needs to expand.
You need not face the task alone of establishing a drug testing program. Companies with expertise in running drug testing programs can assist you with the creation of a policy and a plan suitable for your firm and your industry, to improve workplace safety and lay the foundation for a safe and profitable future.