Drug abuse at the workplace is a serious issue in our society and will become even more serious in the future. In America drug and alcohol abuse is already a grave workplace problem. Employees usually don’t leave their drug and alcohol abuse problems at the door when they enter the workplace. Companies have to face problems like the increase of accidents, medical claims, the workers tardiness and absentees, selling drugs to co-workers or stealing from employers. drug testing at work can be one way to implement a more efficient work environment and control or monitor such difficulties. Testing urine is an example for drug testing which is sometimes done as a condition of getting or keeping a job. Even in some industries, taking a drug test is as usual as filling out a job application.
Many people consider urine testing is an invasion of privacy and is also embarrassing. However I think this is a small invasion for the satisfaction of the managers to know that there employees have a clear mind and will be able to run the machinery properly.
This last summer I worked at an industry that had a mandatory drug test when I started then if someone got hurt they were required to take a drug test and if they failed then the company was no longer reliable for your mistake. I thought that this was an excellent idea because then the employees would have to stay clean in case of an accident. They also had random drug testing were they would pick a certain percentage of the employees and randomly choose people to take the test.
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In conclusion these drug tests make the workplace more productive, safer, and overall better for the environment.