Benefits of Drug Testing

The primary goal of a workplace drug and alcohol testing policy is to create and maintain a workplace free from the effects of alcohol and drugs, or any mind-altering substances. In line with the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, the core reason behind this is to minimise and eliminate the serious risks and hazards that are associated with having workers under the influence of alcohol and drugs in the workplace.

It is estimated that more than 90% of our nation’s drug users are in employment, which is contrary to many people’s beliefs that most drug users are unemployed. Managers and business owners need to be proactive in managing the risks that are associated with drugs and alcohol in the workplace.

The key benefits are:

• Fewer accidents or ‘near misses’
• Reduced risk of serious injury at work
• Less risk of damage to equipment/vehicles/buildings/work site
• Improved safety record
• Increased productivity
• Less absenteeism (time off work)
• Compliance with Health & Safety legislation
• Potentially lower ACC and/or insurance costs

A workplace drug testing programme is beneficial for all.