Archive | Workplace Testing RSS feed for this section

Workers For Toronto Transit Are First to Take Random Drug Testing

For years the management of the Toronto Transit Commission have been promoting random drug testing for the workers. This month the TTC board granted them permission to do so. “At this stage there is lots of details that we need to work out,” said Karen Stintz the TTC chair. “We need to work out how […]

Comments Off on Workers For Toronto Transit Are First to Take Random Drug Testing Continue Reading →

Indiana First State to Require Drug Test for Unemployed Job Assistance

After numerous complaints from business owners, Indiana is now the first state to legally require unemployed people participating in state funded job training programs to take a drug test. Before July 1st when this rule went into affect, drug users could participate in job training programs, only to get hired and fail a workplace drug […]

Comments Off on Indiana First State to Require Drug Test for Unemployed Job Assistance Continue Reading →

Drug Testing for Prescription Drug Abuse Controversial in the Workplace

Prescription drug abuse is soaring in the United States. The numbers of accidental overdose deaths are increasing at an alarming rate with over 20,000 people in the United States dying each year from prescription drug overdoses. The age range with the highest death rates? Studies say 35-44 year-olds. The number of deaths caused by accidental […]

1 Comment Continue Reading →

Humana Uses Nicotine Testing to Eliminate Smokers

In Arizona, the health insurance company Humana will no longer be hiring new employees who smoke or use other tobacco products including cigarettes, pipes, chewing tobacco and cigars. Being in the healthcare industry Humana feels they will be an effective example for this emerging trend among other employers. Currently in effect Humana’s policy is to […]

Comments Off on Humana Uses Nicotine Testing to Eliminate Smokers Continue Reading →

Drug Testing in the Workplace

The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that it costs employers around $75 to $100 billion yearly to pay for drug abuse in the workplace. These costs consists of lost time, accidents, healthcare and workers compensation costs. Not to mention that the employer can also feel the impact from tardiness, absenteeism, turnover attitude problems theft, decreased productivity, crime and violence.
It is due to these issues that most employers, including the majority of all Fortune 500 companies require an applicant and workers to participate in drug testing. The purpose for this drug testing is that it is mainly a safety issue and to lessen these consequences from substance abuse.

1 Comment Continue Reading →