Very Friendly, Efficient and Informative.Read More
The Importance of Pre-Employment and Employment Drug Testing
Posted: Oct 18th, 2016 at 12:00AM
There are a lot of arguments to the contrary, but most employers will find that employment drug testing can be an invaluable tool in their repertoire both for selecting excellent, reliable candidates for the job and for ensuring that they have a productive and safe workplace. Drug and alcohol screening can have extremely important implications in the workplace.
Drug Testing: An Overview
The most common pre-employment drug testing applied to prospective employees will be urinalysis, which can detect commonly abused drugs and enable the employer to see if they have used them within a fairly short period.
These commonly come in both 5 and 10 panel versions. The 5 panel version tests for:
- Phencyclidine (PCP)
This 5 panel test covered most bases when it was released, but as the face of pharmacy and medicine has changed, so have the common drugs of abuse. A more in-depth 10 panel test will reveal information about the following:
There are some variations between different brands of test and what exactly they screen for. One important thing to keep in mind is that benzodiazepines are becoming increasingly used as substances of abuse and should probably be tested for in most cases.
For the most part, they come in small cups with the tests built right in for quick analysis. You may still want to send the urine sample to a lab in order to ensure no action can be taken against you in the case of a positive test.
Even in the US states where recreational use of THC-containing products has been legalized, you are still within your rights as an employer to deny employment on the basis of cannabis use.
There are several other methods of testing available as well, including saliva and hair follicle drug testing. Saliva will offer more information about short-term usage, while hair drug testing can actually stretch back and detect usage over a period of about six months.
Implications of Pre-Employment Drug Testing
The implications of pre-drug screening are pretty obvious. It helps you to keep those with severe substance abuse problems out of the workplace. The complications that can result from the employment of these people are obvious and include decreased productivity, an increased chance of workplace accidents, and a higher turnover rate.
We say "severe substance abuse problems" because, with the exception of cannabis, most drugs of abuse are entirely absent from the body after only two or three days. This includes the classic "hard" drugs like methamphetamine and heroin, if a habitual user can manage to abstain for only a few days then they will be able to pass the test.
A cannabis user, on the other hand, can test positive for a full month after their last usage of a THC-containing product, depending on their level of usage and metabolism.
While this doesn't solve all issues that the use of recreational compounds might bring to the workplace, it's a good way to weed out those who will inevitably be huge problems. Pre-employment drug testing is one of the best ways to cut down on the consequences that might be had if you hire an active addict.
The Use of Employment Drug Testing
An employer is within their rights to conduct random or semi-random employment drug testing as well, particularly in cases where the individual has been acting suspiciously.
If someone has been acting suspiciously and random drug testing was included in their employment contract, you not only can but should test them. This is especially important in areas where the work is largely physical or requires the use of industrial equipment. You don't want an intoxicated person moving fragile goods or operating a forklift in your warehouse, for obvious reasons.
It should be noted that many of the common drugs of abuse are also prescribed medicines. Opioids and benzodiazepines are particularly common. Your employee should have informed you of their prescription for these compounds and be able to show proof of their legitimate prescriptions in this case.
In this latter case, you will be unable to take action unless their behavior becomes actively unsafe or you risk violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. In most cases, these medications will be used short-term, but particularly in the case of benzodiazepines, they are sometimes prescribed for longer periods of time.
Legal Implications for Employers
There are some gray areas for those who are doing the hiring and some of the common pitfalls can lead to opening yourself up for a lawsuit.
Cannabis, in particular, has become a somewhat gray area in recent times as the laws around the plant are constantly changing. It's still illegal on a federal basis, however, and if you work with the federal government, you are well within your rights to deny or terminate employment based on its usage.
There are also some issues which surround the usage of prescription drugs, which can be both legally prescribed and abused by some individuals. In cases like this, your best bet is to seek legal advice from your attorney rather than acting on impulse.
Drug screening can help to provide an extra level of protection to your business, but you’ll also need to be careful of some of the legal implications. Talking to an attorney is your best bet in most cases, particularly those which involve visible intoxication but prescribed medications.
However, the benefits far outweigh the occasional legal snarl and can result in a more productive, safer workplace for everyone in your employ. Pre-employment drug testing, in particular, can be of use in sorting out unsuitable candidates and preventing them from entering your employ.
Fast and easy!Read More
Online appointment scheduling makes it easy to pick a convenient date and time. Easy access to medical records. The facility is clean and the staffRead More
The staff was very friendly from start to finishRead More
This place was fast, convenient, inexpensive, and everyone was friendly. I needed a drug screen for school and was in and out (with instant...Read More
Went to the clinic with my daughter yesterday. Almost zero wait time. The staff is excellent and the service was provided almost immediately. TodayRead More
Great office staff. Clean. Quick and easyRead More
The whole process was quick and simple. The staff was friendly. I made a mistake on making an appointment and the receptionist quickly fixed it...Read More
It was only my first time, I couldn't get into my Dr. for a couple weeks. I needed a TB Skin Test for our Foster program, I was in and out in 5...Read More
I went to the location on Rainbow/ Lake mead. Very respectful, professional, quick service.Read More
They were very professional, organized, and caring!Read More
Very professional and friendly staff. Also educated me on a lot of things!Read More
Everyone was friendly and helpful. They are quick and efficient.Read More
I've used E7 several times for different services. Each time, I've been treated quickly with little to no wait time. The staff at the Windmill...Read More
There is very minimal wait time and the staff is EXCELLENT! Both times I have visited here I have received outstanding service.Read More
They are professional and has always treated me proper.Read More
Kudos to this place, they are very organized. In booking my appointments, they always send me notifications as a reminder, I know this may sounds..Read More
Went for TB test, very efficient and quick! Lets not forget friendly.Read More
E7 is very fast, there electronic appt system and EMR are easy to use and they work well with my employer for all of the tests, vaccines, and...Read More
Very professional and fast!!Read More
The staff an nurses were very polite and informative about my shots I was getting. I recommend this place to everyone. Again thank u .Read More
The staff it’s very efficient and well educated, both times I been at this location has been a great experience.Read More
The customer service is always superb! The nurses, doctors and administrators are very thorough in their steps they are about to take. The best...Read More
great servicesRead More
Excellent staff and highly proficient/gentle booster/immunization administerer!Read More
Went here for vaccine for a trip to S. Africa. Staff friendly, knowledgeable and the wait time is minimal. Only thing they won't bill your...Read More
Very knowledgeable and professional! Appointment at 1:45 pm and they were ready, no waiting. Was in and out in less than 30 minutes. Great job by..Read More
Very Courteous, warm, friendly environment.Read More
Everyone was friendly, organized and very professional.Read More
The staff was very friendly and professional. I definitely recommend them to anyone who needs their services!Read More
There was no waiting, e7 had all vaccines that I needed for my trip and they were fast!Read More
very professional staff. All worked quickly to get me taken care of.Read More
Professional with quick results.Read More
The dr was very nice and staff was very friendly I was in and out pretty quickRead More
It’s simple, fast, and self-explanatory for plenty health needs!Read More
Very Clean Professional staff and Great Place to Get Testing done 👍Read More
Super time efficient, friendly and thorough with patient educationRead More
Very friendly staff, clean organized environment, appointment was easy to make and they sent reminders. Our test results are all on their online...Read More
Very quick & easy visit! The staff are very friendlyRead More
My doc put together a Very comprehensive discussion of where I might be at risk in South Africa over a 24 day itinerary and what vaccines to take..Read More
I like how easy it was to schedule the appointment, fill out the paperwork ahead of time online, being professionally greeted and treated, how the.Read More
The staff at the Rainbow location are AWESOME! I've never had a bad experience. I highly recommend the e7 Health Rainbow location.Read More
Always pleasant staff at the front desk and the medical folks are professional and courteousRead More
Courteous, efficient and the MA assisting me was kind and patient to his learner that was shadowing him.Read More
Quick, easy and very professionalRead More
Personable, friendly, quick. I had an appointment.Read More
1)I was scheduled for a two step tb test and up to that point they were great, reminded me of my upcoming appointment and everything. They took theRead More
I went to get vaccinated before my overseas trip. They are not cheap if you don't have insurance but well worth the visit. The staff is friendly...Read More
I came in to have blood drawn. The location is clean. The staff is very intelligent and helps you right away. My nurse was Alison. She drew two...Read More
I don’t write reviews, with that being said, Karen (phlebotomist) deserves all the praise in the world. Not only was she patient with me, she...Read More
Very fast and confidently.Read More
I really like the online portal e7 has so I can view documents and upcoming appointments. I've never spent over an hour at the Rainbow location...Read More
WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE, THE STAFF IS VERY NICE AND PROFESSIONALRead More
LOVE this place!! Upon getting a flu shot, I received amazing customer service and was in and out within 10-15 minutes!! They were very informativeRead More
Great experience!! Quick and easy process!! Received a flu shot and was in and out within 10 minutes or less!! Staff was so friendly and caring...Read More
QUICK EFFICIENT. FRIENDLY. PROFESSIONAL. .FROM. BEGINNING TO THE END. THANKZ. FOR THE SERVICE. .Read More
Quick and friendly staff. Very professional and efficient!Read More
Very courteous, professional, friendly and efficientRead More
Well-organized, fast service, staffs are very helpful !Read More
Everyone was very friendly and the customer service was impeccable!! Their professionalism and warm inviting environment made me feel comfortable..Read More
Super quick and easy process! They let you fill out paperwork before the appointment to expedite the appointment. So smart. They were also very...Read More
Staff was friendly, especially Melissa at the front desk and Lindy who handled most of my appointment (the blood work, etc.). The process was easy.Read More
Quick, friendly and professional - I didn't even have an appointment and was in and out in about 1/2 hour - got my results the following day...Read More
Great staff. Everyone was knowledgeable and friendly. I highly recommend e7 Health.Read More
E7 Health when I got to have a TB Test done for my other job I go there all the employees are friendly and polite there facilities are cleanRead More
Very professional, knowledgeable, and kind employees!!!Read More
Quick service and friendly staff.....Read More
My experience with E7 was fantastic and I highly recommend them. The clinic was clean, and the staff was very professional and curtious.Read More
Very fast and simple to register as a patient on line and make appointments. I was able to make a same day appointment and even change it to an...Read More
Pleasant, timely, and efficient. The travel doctor I talked to was helpful and dedicated to prepairing me for my trip. I'd highly recommend this...Read More
I went in for an employer-mandated drug test, and was impressed by this site...I was served with alacrity, and the process was seamless. If I ever.Read More
They staff and Doctors at so professional. They are very welcoming answer all your questions.Read More