HR in the Stoned Age: Employer Considerations for Drug Testing in 2015

Posted Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 by Sterling Talent Solutions

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Employer Considerations for Drug Testing in 2015 | SterlingBackcheck

This past January, SterlingBackcheck published a blog article entitled “Which Drugs Should Employers Consider Testing For In 2015?” This article also referenced a webinar on the topic entitled “HR in the Stoned Age: Employer Considerations for Drug Testing in 2015.“

The primary focus of the webinar was centered on discussing the most common substances abused in our society today, and what employers should consider to effectively combat substance abuse in the workplace. In addition, the webinar was also used to highlight important statistics to underscore the importance of workplace testing.

During this webinar, we engaged our nearly 500 webinar attendees with a series of polls. 94.6% of those who responded shared that their organization did administer a workplace testing program. Of those attendees who responded that their organization administered a non-federal testing program, below are additional key statistics derived from the poll questions asked during the webinar.

Drug Testing Sampling Method:

  • 68.8% use urine sampling alone.
  • 5.8% use oral fluid (saliva) sampling alone.
  • Less than 1% use hair sampling alone.
  • Less than 1% use blood sampling alone.
  • 20.9% use more than one sampling method.

Drug Testing Panel:

  • 34.5% test using a standard 5 panel.
  • 6.9% test using a standard 7 panel.
  • 10.2% test using a standard 9 panel.
  • 20.8% test using a standard 10 panel.
  • 1.7% test using a non-standard panel.
  • 16.4% test using multiple test panels.
  • 9.5% test but attendees were unsure of the test panel used.

Marijuana Use Laws:

  • 70.5% have established that marijuana will not be removed from their testing panel.
  • 1.0% are considering removal of marijuana from their testing panel.
  • 0.3% have removed marijuana from their testing panel.
  • 28.1% of attendees were unsure if marijuana will be or has been removed from their testing panel.

Alcohol Testing:

  • 54.3% test if an employee is believed to be “under the influence”, and, if involved in an accident.
  • 15.5% test only if an employee is believed to be “under the influence”.
  • 5.6% test only if an employee is involved in an accident.
  • 16.1% do not test under any circumstances.
  • 8.4% test but attendees were unsure of the circumstances under which an employee would be tested.

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