Most Americans support drug testing in the workplace a new report has revealed.
American employers who test new candidates for drug use are finding it increasingly difficult to find ‘clean’ workers.
Certain workers, such as oil rig workers, are required to be screened for drug use according to the law but more and more employers make new candidates take drug tests before employment even though current laws do not require it.
America is unusual for the widespread use of workplace drug testing, in most other developed countries it is illegal or very difficult for employers to subject employees to drug testing.
YouGov.com’s latest research shows that most Americans (59%) say that employers should be able to test any employee for past drug use.
27% say that they should only be able to test workers whose drug use is relevant to the role, such as operators of heavy machinery, while 13% say that drug tests should only be allowed after an incident.
With Marijuana being the most common reason for someone to fail a drug test this drug is the most tested.
This is not only because marijuana is by far the most commonly used illegal drug in America, but also because detectable traces of marijuana remain in a person’s body for weeks after use, while traces of drugs such as cocaine and heroin disperse in a matter of days.
Americans narrowly say that if they were a hiring manager deciding whether to hire an otherwise qualified candidate they would not hire (45%) someone who tested positive for marijuana while 35% say that they would.
There is a notable age divide on this issue, however, as Americans aged 30 and over tend to say that they would not hire the marijuana user, while under-30s say that they would hire the person (48% to 31%).
If you were an employer, would you or would you not employ someone who is otherwise qualified for a job if their drug test came back positive for marijuana?
Drug testing is carried out in a number of industry sectors and is particularly popular at organisations where there are safety-critical roles and the use of illegal substances could place lives at risk.
AlphaBiolabs provides workplace drug testing to a large number of employers and is able to provide accurate laboratory-confirmed results on the same day if necessary. The sample collection team is available round the clock so is able to respond quickly to the needs of businesses and organisations.