Picking the right drug test for your business can be a challenge, especially with so many different options available. The most common drug tests used by employers include urine, saliva, breath, and hair follicle. These tests and others, including blood, perspiration, and fingernail, each have their own set of benefits and drawbacks.
So how do you pick the best drug test for your business? Here are some tips to help you make the right choice:
1. Consider your business' needs: Different businesses have different drug testing needs. For example, a construction company may need a drug test that is quick and easy to administer on-site, while a healthcare organization may need a more comprehensive and accurate lab-based test. Some businesses may want to know if a prospective applicant has used illicit substances within the past few days, other businesses may want to know if there has been illicit substance use within the past three months. Consider the specific needs of your business when selecting a drug test.
2. Choose a reputable partner: Not all drug tests are created equal, nor are drug testing service providers. It's important to choose a reputable testing partner with a track record of producing high-quality test results when you need them most. Look for a testing partner that is accredited by organizations such as the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) or the College of American Pathologists (CAP).
3. Consider the type of test: There are many different types of drug tests available, each having its own advantages and disadvantages. For example, urine tests are quick, easy to administer, and generally cost less than most other tests, but they detect only drug metabolites, not the active drug, and they have been known to cross-react with certain over-the-counter substances. Breath testing is very accurate and can detect the active drug but can only provide information regarding alcohol intoxication (at this time). Saliva tests are non-invasive and highly accurate when administered properly, but they can only detect drugs that have been used within the past few days. Hair follicle tests are highly accurate and can detect drug use over a longer period of time, but they can be more expensive and time-consuming to administer.
4. Determine your budget: Drug tests can vary widely in price, depending on the type of test, manufacturer of the test, and the service provider. Determine your budget and look for a test that fits within your price range. Keep in mind that the cheapest option may not always be the best choice – it's important to balance cost with accuracy and reliability. Also, sometimes it makes “cents” for an employer to spend a little more on a comprehensive test to save money on the back end through reduced safety incidents, performance, absenteeism, and morale issues.
5. Check for legal requirements: In some cases, your business may be required by law to use a certain type of drug test. For example, federally regulated industries such as transportation and nuclear power require employers to use specific types of drug tests that detect certain types of drugs. Make sure you are aware of any legal requirements for drug testing in your industry, your state, and/or local government.
Following these five simple tips will help you pick the best drug test for your business. To ensure that you are getting a high-quality, reliable product and service for your organization, consider partnering with the experts at ARCpoint of Downtown Greenville. Whether you need a quick and accurate on-site post-accident or reasonable suspicion test, or a more comprehensive pre-employment or random test, we have the drug test solution for your business.