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Corporate Drug Testing

Corporate Drug Testing Program by Industry


Maintaining a safe environment in the workplace is of the utmost importance in protecting your employees and yourself as the employer. In creating a safe work environment, the issue of drug use and drug testing is often overlooked. One of the best ways to ensure that you are providing a protected work environment is by performing employee drug testing.

Whether you currently perform employee drug testing or are just in thinking about starting a program for the first time, TestCountry is here to help you.

Workplace drug abuse is associated with crime (workplace violence, inventory shrinkage, and fraudulent medical claims), increased accidents, lost time at work, as well as serious health problems, social dysfunction and premature death. Within the last several years, the shift from traditional drugs-of-abuse such as marijuana, to even more problematic drugs such as meth (methanphetamine), as well as the abuse. 50%+ of workplace accidents are related to substance abuse (NCCI)

Drug testing is often required or highly recommended for the following specific industries.

 

Over 70% of all illicit drug users are employed. Small and medium-sized firms employ 80% of the U.S. workforce where drug testing policies & programs aren't in place. Absenteeism, increased health care costs and decreased productivity due to alcohol and other substance abuse cost your company $1,000 per employee per year.

Source: Illinois Chamber of Commerce

Drugs of Abuse By Industry Sector:

CONSTRUCTION CORPORATE DRUG TESTING:
Federal Government surveys reveal that the construction industry has one of the highest rates of drug and alcohol abuse.

The use of alcohol and other substances while at the worksite greatly influences a person's ability to perform job functions safely.  With a large number of high-risk and safety-sensitive positions within the construction industry, there is an increase in the likelihood for work-site accidents and injury.  This increase in injury directly affects a company's workers' compensation experience-rating modification factors. 
Due to the high accident rates in the construction industry it is vital for management to take necessary steps to implement programs and procedures that will increase construction safety and worker productivity. According to AON, 40% of construction fatalities involve substance abuse and 71% of union members are in favor of drug testing . While the effects of a drug-related jobsite accident can be catastrophic for individuals and companies, management should realize that drug use among employees can be damaging to moral, productivity, and quality even if it does not result in accidents.

Drug testing construction workers is an effective method for reducing the number of impaired workers on a project site, increasing overall project safety, worker morale, productivity, and profits.

Drug Abuse By Industry - CONSTRUCTION
Position Current Illicit
Drug Use
Current Heavy
Alcohol Use
Construction Laborers

12.8%

19.9%

Construction Supervisors

17.2%

12.7%

Other Construction Workers

17.3%

20.6%

Source: US Department of Labor

DID YOU KNOW
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TRANSPORTATION CORPORATE DRUG TESTING:
The transportation industry affects almost every aspect of our daily lives. Whether by road, rail, water or air, America's vast transportation networks are in use day and night moving people and goods to and from points across the country. Regrettably, alcohol and drugs are a factor in a significant percentage of transportation-related accidents each year. This alarming reality has serious consequences for employers and employees within the industry as well as members of the general public who rely on transportation systems. As a result, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) has mandated that all industry employers maintain alcohol- and drug-free workplaces.

Drug Abuse By Industry - TRANSPORTATION
Position Current Illicit
Drug Use
Current Heavy
Alcohol Use
Truck Drivers (light)

18.9 %

15.1%

Vehicle Repairers

17 %

14.9%

Truck Drivers (heavy)

16.4 %

13.3%

Bus Drivers

13.6 %

6.7%

Source: US Department of Labor

To address the rising rate of substance abuse in the US and the general safety of all people who travel within the country, Congress passed the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991. The Act requires transportation industry employers to establish and maintain alcohol- and drug-free workplace programs that incorporate both alcohol and drug testing.

Transportation workers report that the following types of drug testing are prevalent throughout the industry:
- At Hiring (62.7%)
- Random (52.5%)

- Upon Suspicion (48.9%)
- Post-Accident (58.8%)

From large international corporations to relatively small local contractors, transportation firms are implementing and maintaining drug-free workplace programs to ensure productive workforces and safe workplaces - company features that ultimately result in increased profitability and success.


MANUFACTURING CORPORATE DRUG TESTING:

A Federal government survey revealed that workplace substance abuse is a significant problem in both the non-durable and durable goods sectors of the manufacturing industry. Roughly 15 percent of workers in both sectors admit to having used illicit drugs in the last year and about 7 percent report current heavy alcohol use (Us Deparmtment of Health and Human Services). Manufacturers who abuse alcohol and other drugs threaten not only their colleagues and clients, but also America's well-established reputation as a producer of top-quality wares. By keeping the nation's factories and workshops free of alcohol and drugs, industry employers work to ensure that the label 'Made in America' continues to symbolize the spirit of high-quality craftsmanship that has for so long characterized the nation's manufacturers

Drug Abuse By Industry - MANUFACTURING
Position Current Illicit
Drug Use
Current Heavy
Alcohol Use
Electrical Machinery

5.6%

2.7%

Lumber and Wood Products

8.9%

12%

Machinery

6.7%

7.3%

Metal Industries

6.8%

10%

Professional Equipment

7.7%

7.3%

Transportation Equipment

4.8%

8.2%

Source: US Department of Labor

From large multinational corporations to relatively small businesses, manufacturing firms across the country are implementing drug-free workplace programs to ensure productive workforces and safe workplaces - company features that ultimately result in increased profitability and success.


HOSPITALITY CORPORATE DRUG TESTING:

A Federal government survey revealed that the hospitality industry, which includes hotel/motel companies, eating and drinking places and those companies related to them and their operations, experiences some of the highest rates of alcohol and drug abuse.

Among employees in the hotel/motel sector:

- 9.3 percent admit to using illicit drugs - during the past month
- 17 percent admit to using illicit drugs  - during the past year.
 Among employees at eating and drinking establishments:

- More than 16 percent admit to using  
- illicit drugs during the past month.
-
28 percent admit to using illicit drugs
 - during the past year.

 

Drug Abuse By Industry - HOSPITALITY
Position Current Illicit
Drug Use
Current Heavy
Alcohol Use
Food Preparers

16.3%

16.3%

Grounds Keepers

11.4%

9.8%

Janitors

13%

10.3%

Maids

7.9%

3.6%

Waiters/Waitresses

15.4%

12.1%

Source: US Department of Labor

From large multinational corporations to small locally owned hotels, motels and restaurants, hospitality industry employers across the country are implementing drug-free workplace programs to ensure productive workforces and safe workplaces - company features that ultimately result in increased profitability and success.


GENERAL SERVICES WORKPLACE DRUG TESTING
:
Many service employers wrongly believe that substance abuse is a problem only in industries that have "safety-sensitive" positions-jobs requiring the operation of vehicles, machinery and tools. However, the general services industry pays a high price for substance abuse. It is the nation's largest employer of people in "security-sensitive positions"-jobs through which employees have access to financial records, maintain confidential information or are privy to a company's ideas or product plans. Mistakes made by employees impaired due to abuse of alcohol or other drugs have far-reaching consequences. In order to ensure the security and success of their enterprises, America's service employers must have workplaces that are alcohol and drug free.

Drug Abuse By Industry - GENERAL SERVICES
Position Current Illicit
Drug Use
Current Heavy
Alcohol Use
Business and Repair Services

11.1%

9.7%

Finance, Insurance, Real Estate

5.4%

4.5%

Personal Services

10.3%

5.8%

Professional and Related Services

4.2%

3.1%

Public Administration

3.7%

 

Source: US Department of Labor

The good news is that more and more general services industry employers, ranging from large international corporations to small locally owned businesses, are implementing drug-free workplace programs to ensure productive workforces and safe workplaces - company features that ultimately result in increased profitability and success.


RETAIL CORPORATE DRUG TESTING:

In the exposure-oriented industry of retail, success stems from customer satisfaction and loyalty, quality products, competitive pricing and excellent customer service. In today's fiercely competitive marketplace, shoppers displeased with a business's quality of service can simply take their business elsewhere. Thus, retail workers who abuse alcohol and other drugs threaten not only the general security of themselves, their coworkers and their patrons, but also their company's profitability

A Federal government survey revealed workplace substance abuse is a significant problem in the retail industry. Among full-time retail employees between the ages of 18 and 49:
- 10.8 percent report that they have used illicit drugs in the past month.
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About 22 percent report that they have used illicit drugs in the last year.

Drug Abuse By Industry - RETAIL
Position

Current Illicit
Drug Use

Current Heavy Alcohol Use

Apparel and Shoe Stores

3.9%

1.5%

Auto Supply Stores and Gas Stations

11.2%

13.2%

Department Stores

5.7%

3.5%

Eating and Drinking Places

16.3%

15.4%

Furniture and Appliance Stores

14.4%

6.2%

Grocery Stores

9.3%

5.8%

Other Retail Stores

5.9%

4.7%

Source: US Department of Labor


HIGH TECH AND SOFTWARE CORPORATE DRUG TESTING:

In America's dynamic high-tech industry, employees regularly shift large quantities of information, data and money with the simple click of a mouse. Accuracy is critical, and the smallest of mistakes can have far-reaching consequences. Employees impaired due to abuse of alcohol or other drugs are a danger to companies determined to succeed in today's electronic world, where a fast pace of growth and unstructured schedules may allow problems to go undetected and become serious threats to employee health and company profits. By making the country's high-tech workplaces free of alcohol and other drugs, employers help ensure that America maintains its status as a leader in the worldwide technology revolution.

Drug Abuse By Industry - HIGH TECH
Position

Current Illicit
Drug Use

Current Heavy Alcohol Use

Computer Programmers/Operators

3.6%

2.7%

Computer and Data Processors

6.1%

16.2%

Source: US Department of Labor

The good news is that more and more high-tech employers, ranging from long-time industry giants to small start-ups, are implementing drug-free workplace programs to ensure safe workplaces and productive workforces - company features that ultimately result in increased profitability and success.

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