Successful Drug Program Starts and Ends With Robust Employee Assistance Program
While implementing a drug-testing and monitoring program can provide a variety of benefits for employers, those firms looking to improve safety in the workplace need to keep in mind the strengths and limits of the practice.
Quantifying drug testing’s effect on safety is difficult. Donna Smith, Compliance Offer, EDPM Inc., a drug test company, says, “It’s been difficult to accumulate hard facts about a causal relationship. The Society for Human Resource Management research indicates the most direct evidence for the efficacy of drug testing is improvements in areas such as absenteeism and worker productivity. “For example, 19% of the HR professionals we surveyed say they saw an increase in worker productivity after the implementation of a drug-testing program.”
Companies need to carefully craft a drug-testing regimen to make sure it fits the particular needs of their businesses.
There’s a growing problem with prescription drugs. There are nearly double the number of people abusing prescription drugs as (are abusing) cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens and inhalants combined.”