The Drug & Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA) has announced the launch of an international standards program for drug and alcohol free workplace programs with the goal of supporting effective drug and alcohol free workplace programs on a global level. Based on a recent study conducted by DATIA and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the benefits of such programs were established and through the iDATIA Accreditation program, they hope to enable international organizations to take advantage of the many benefits of a drug and alcohol free workplace. Currently there are no international standards or accreditation programs for drug testing policies or programs.
“This has been a serious problem for organizations operating outside the United States who want to ensure their workplace is drug free by testing applicants and employees,” said Patricio Labatut and Brian Drew, Co-Chairmen of DATIA’s International Committee. “Without an international standard some companies have been testing incorrectly and missing substance abusers, costing their companies in the end.”