Friday, February 21 2020
Age old debate - does drug testing cost or does it pay?
Employers are under constant pressure to allow marijuana users in their workplace. It's a conundrum that many employers face. What's more important satisfying the perceived rights of an employee smoking marijuana or the employer's right to a safe and drug free workplace and the benefits of a safe and drug free workplace.
The National Safety Council says the average cost of an employee industrial accident is approximately $38,000. Employers in the United States of America are spending $1 Billion per year on workplace accidents and illness.
Consider the facts from the National Institue on Drug Abuse on a study about employees who smoke marijuana and have been positive on a drug test. The positive marijuana employees when compared to individuals with a negative drug screen were found to:
Considering the cost of accidents, injuries and the turmoil that absenteeism brings to employers - many think drug testing pay dividends and can't be considered a cost.