Drug and alcohol screening is the most effective way to reduce the expenses of employees in your workplace, and the quickest way to improve employee performance, moral, and efficiency. A drug and alcohol free workplace will lower your cost per hire, reduce absence, lower the frequency of workplace injuries and reduce the cost of medical care. Through our services employers of any size have access to affordable, comprehensive drug/alcohol testing services through our third party administration and consortium.
Employers, erroneously, think that a drug free workplace policy is either an invasion of privacy or they don’t want to be the police. Just the opposite is true; a drug free workplace policy is an employee benefit. By implementing a comprehensive policy the employer is making a commitment to a safer workplace, increased productivity, lower absenteeism and better employee moral because all employees are working together and there is a standard of health required to be team member. Testing results are between API Global, the employer and the employee. The life style choice of the individual is not judged. The safety standards and productivity of an impaired employee are what is determined and the actions of the employer are outlined in the employer’s workplace policy and procedures.
API Global offers assistance in developing and / or improving your Drug & Alcohol – Free Workplace Policy. This written policy is the foundation of a drug-free workplace program. Every organization’s policy should be unique and tailored to meet its specific needs; however, all effective policies have a few aspects in common, including:
- Why the policy is being implemented. Rationale can be as simple as a company being committed to protecting the safety, health and well being of its employees and patrons and recognizing that abuse of alcohol and other drugs compromises this dedication.
- A clear description of prohibited behaviors. At a minimum, this should include the following statement: “The use, possession, transfer or sale of illegal drugs by employees is prohibited.”
- An explanation of the consequences for violating the policy. These may include discipline up to and including termination and/or referral for assistance. Consequences should be consistent with existing personnel policies and procedures and any applicable state laws.
Sharing all policies with all employees is essential for success; therefore, employers should be certain that all employees are aware of the policy and all aspects of a drug-free workplace program.