Keep Your Employees Sober and Safe on the Job with Drug Screening

Drugs and alcohol destroy the health and lives of countless users and abusers every year, but they also take their toll on the companies where they work — to the tune of $100 billion annually. That’s why it’s important to know if your current and prospective employees are putting their coworkers and your business at risk. 

Dr. Perry Weisman and our team at WiseCare Urgent Care partner with you to ensure your organization is safe and drug-free. Whether you need routine or official DOT drug testing, we are certified to perform any type and level of testing you require. Our on-site equipment and technology ensure an accurate and fast result so you can make timely decisions. 

Here are some reasons to consider incorporating mandatory drug screening into your hiring procedure and making it a requirement for all current employees.  

Low productivity

When your employees show up with a hangover, they’re usually late, if they show up at all — users take three times as many sick days. Those who come to work still affected by drugs and alcohol typically work slower and with less accuracy than your sober employees. They also tend to lose focus and may even fall asleep at work.

Negative behavior

Employees under the influence of drugs and alcohol can be argumentative at work and may cause conflicts. They can be disrespectful as well as verbally and physically abusive. They are also more prone to sexually harassing others.

Higher costs

Substance abuse costs you money. When your employees are affected by chemicals, you pay for it in lost works days, insurance claims, high turnover rates (which means recruiting and training new employees), and even theft.

You also need to consider your company’s liability in the event of an accident related to substance abuse. You may be held financially responsible for injuries and fatalities caused by negligence.

Safety

Drugs and alcohol affect your employees’ ability to function physically and mentally. They tend to be less coordinated and are more accident-prone. Their vision and hand-eye coordination may be impaired. Their decision-making skills also falter and may cause them to put themselves or others in danger.

Things employers can do to prevent drug and alcohol abuse

As a concerned and conscientious employer, there are several ways to protect your employees and your business from the impact of drugs and alcohol.

It may be impossible to prevent or detect every instance of substance abuse in the workplace — after all, the typical adult spends about a third of their life at work, so chances are that someone, somewhere is using. But if you follow these tips and partner with us to screen for drugs, like marijuana, opiates, cocaine, amphetamines, and more, you can rest assured you’ve done all you can to keep your company and people safe.

To learn more about drug testing, give us a call at either our Severna Park or Pasadena, Maryland, locations to set up a consultation.

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