Why Test?

Alcohol and drug abuse creates significant safety and health hazards and can result in decreased productivity and poor employee morale.  It also can lead to additional costs in the form of health care claims, especially short-term disability claims.

Common reasons employers implement drug testing are to:

  • Deter employees from abusing alcohol and drugs
  • Prevent hiring individuals who use illegal drugs
  • Be able to identify early and appropriately refer employees who have drug and/or alcohol problems
  • Provide a safe workplace for employees
  • Protect the general public and instill consumer confidence that employees are working safely
  • Comply with State laws or Federal regulations
  • Benefit from Workers’ Compensation Premium Discount programs

Information above and throughout this document has been provided by the United States Department of Labor http://www.dol.gov/workingpartners/welcome.html

Who benefits from drug testing?



  • Safe working environment
  • Workplace productivity
  • Quality of work
  • Reduce:

  • Health insurance costs
  • Absenteeism and turnover
  • Work related accidents
  • Workplace conflict
  • Thefts and claims



  • Desirability to employers
  • Quick hiring
  • Personal confidence
  • Offer employers:

  • High productivity
  • Stability
  • Safe workplace
  • Reliability
  • Decreased expenses



  • Open discussion about drugs
  • Honesty about drug use
  • Consideration of consequences
  • Provide:

  • A reason to say “no” to drugs
  • Consistent parenting
  • Intervention
  • Opportunity for help
  • Guidance