Is There a Stigma To Drug Screening?

Drug screening is a sensitive issue for employers and employees. On one hand, employers will hesitate about the time, effort and money required to establish a drug screening process. On the other hand, employees may hesitate to do the drug screening because of privacy issues.

But drug screening should be a part of corporate culture because of the numerous benefits it provides for both employers and employees. Studies have shown that an effective and efficient drug testing system contributes to increased work productivity, employee morale, and legal protection especially for certain industries, such as transportation, health, and education.

Employers have to create a culture of acceptance among their employees for the drug screening benefits to be enjoyed. Here are ways that you can create acceptance. (For more, contact any of the Healthpointe clinics, such as the La Mirada clinic near Whittier, La Habra, Norwalk, Cerritos, Buena Park, and Santa Fe Springs).

  • Create a clear policy for drug screening

With a clear policy regarding drug screening, your organization will have a strong foundation, upon which procedures and processes can be formulated. Upper management must take the initiative in communicating with the concerned employees and independent contractors about the policy and its associated principles and practices, especially for first-time implementation. Keep in mind, too, that the policy should lean toward a supportive stance, not a punitive stand, which will foster a safer working environment.

  • Educate the employees

Misconceptions about the drug screening policy can strengthen doubts among employees, thus, increasing their resistance against it. You should educate the employees about the drug testing policy – what it is, what its benefits are, and what the procedures will be, among other matters. The more information the employees know, the more likely that their concerns can be addressed and the more acceptance drug testing will have in the workplace.

  • Promote awareness of the policy

Even when the employees have already been informed about the initial implementation of the drug screening system, you must continue to promote awareness about it. Your employees will appreciate that management keeps their welfare in mind especially where changes in the drug screening practices are concerned.

As to the testing procedures, be sure to coordinate with the proper authorities.

Contact our occupational health professionals at any of the Healthpointe clinics, such as the Long Beach clinic near Signal Hill, Carson, Seal Beach, Lakewood, Bellflower, Compton, Hawaiian Gardens, and Los Alamitos.

About Healthpointe:

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