The Upsides of Pre-Employment Drug Testing
During the onboarding process, companies vet applicants with numerous strategies – requesting background checks, letters of recommendation, and performance/skills assessments. Another critical component of ensuring you hire trustworthy, law-abiding employees is to mandate pre-employment drug testing.
Some organizations, including federal department of transportation (DOT) institutions, are required by law to administer pre-employment and annual drug testing mandates. However, many companies outside of industries directly related to public safety are not required to conduct drug testing. Today, we’ll discuss why drug testing services can be invaluable – regardless of your industry.
Don’t Leave Drug Testing Out of Your Vetting Process
We realize it can be tempting to bypass drug testing altogether. Perhaps you want to save money. It is also possible that you firmly believe in your capacity to read character and detect telltale signs of drug or alcohol abuse during interviews.
Unfortunately, substance abuse issues are on the rise and much more challenging to spot than you may think. Don’t let your company waste money, resources, and time hiring the wrong employee – make the wise decision and demand every prospective employee undergo a drug test before signing that final contract.
At ARCpoint Labs of San Rafael, we’ve witnessed firsthand the value and benefits of requiring drug tests. At the same time, we understand why some businesses may be hesitant. Let us outline the reasons why this pre-employment procedure can prove invaluable to your company’s long-term success.
Protect Your Company: Require Pre-Employment Drug Tests
Pre-employment drug tests can reveal multiple warning signs. As one of the final steps in most hiring processes, a pre-employment drug test will check for signs of substance abuse. You will receive different data depending on the drug-testing method you choose.
Popular drug-testing services we provide include:
- Urine Tests – This method can detect marijuana, barbiturates, methadone, cocaine, amphetamines, methamphetamines, and PCP.
- Cuticle Tests – The method can detect multiple substances that have entered an individual’s bloodstream for up to 5 months.
- Hair Tests – This method can reveal drug abuse for up to 3 months.
Most drug testing methods can detect the presence of multiple drugs in the body, including:
- Methamphetamines, THC, and Cocaine
- Opiates, Phencyclidine, and Heroine
- Alcohol abuse
- And much more
In addition to detecting illicit substances, drug tests can also reveal signs of prescription medication abuse.
The Upsides of a Drug-Free Work Environment
Every company wants to lay a dependable, responsible, and trustworthy workplace foundation. That’s why proactively screening for drug and alcohol abuse is pivotal when acquiring new professional talent.
Ensuring your business is drug-free can help you:
- Sustain high levels of productivity
- Save money
- Decrease medical costs
- Reduce absenteeism and turnover rates
- Increase safety
- Boost morale
- Avoid legal repercussions
- And much more!
Each state has different laws on pre-employment drug testing. Generally, the guidelines for pre-employment drug testing include:
- The applicant must be fully aware drug testing is part of the onboarding process.
- All applicants for the same position must be subject to the same drug tests.
- Drug tests must be performed at a certified testing center/laboratory.
Feel free to reach out anytime if you want further information or clarification about state regulations.
Some companies have in-house personnel to conduct pre-employment drug testing. We recommend opting to outsource this procedure. Hiring a third party to conduct drug tests will help safeguard your company.
Here are four reasons we recommend paying a professional for this service:
- Receive Certified Lab Work for Accurate Results
Drug tests should always be run inside a certified laboratory with hi-tech medical equipment, stringent protocols, and licensed professionals. Relying on a third party will ensure accurate results and offer extra insurance/accountability should liability issues arise.
- Avoid Liability Issues/HIPAA Complaints
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was passed in 1996 to protect health information’s privacy and security. Drug testing procedures must fully adhere to all the rules, laws, and regulations stipulated by this law. Therefore, it is wise to have drug testing performed by a reliable company specializing in this field.
- Save Money
Outsourcing drug-testing services is typically much less expensive than hiring an in-house medical team, who will receive a salary and benefits.
- Uphold Privacy
Internally performed drug tests can lead to a conflict of interest. Having a third party facilitate the procedure will ensure the process is handled professionally and without internal bias.
You can rest assured knowing ARCpoint Labs of San Rafael prioritizes transparency at every stage of the drug-testing process. We uphold all laws and follow industry-leading guidelines – our highly refined and time-tested regimen is second to none. Don’t waste time, money, and effort trying to handle this process yourself: Hire the pros at ARCLabs today!
Call (415) 475-4620 anytime to learn more about our drug-testing services!