Do you know that alcohol and drug abuse cost the workplaces in Australia an estimated $6 billion annually due to lost productivity? If you didn’t before, now you know why companies are increasingly leaning towards workplace drug testing for their employees. Sedative testing makes a prominent contribution to maintaining the productivity of your workplace.

Are you still conflicted about adapting this workplace safety measure? If your answer is yes, let us tell you why drug testing should be at the top of your mind.

Workplace Drug Testing: Your Key To A Safer Workplace!

According to new research, one in every ten workers is affected by a co-worker’s alcohol or drug use. Shocking, right? Well, your employees and their security are your responsibility. Thus, it’s best to take all the precautions beforehand rather than regretting them later.

Here are the top reasons why drug trials are essential for your employees.

  1. Safety 

When your employees are under the effect of alcohol or drugs, their decision-making abilities will reduce. If they are operating heavy machinery or handling delicate workplace information, there will be more accidents. They will create safety hazards not only for themselves but also for others.

  1. Cost 

A safer work environment means fewer disasters and reduced employees healthcare costs. With workplace drug testing, you can assure that no one will be leaking sensitive data about your company under the influence. It can save you money on lawsuits, worker turnover activities, failed jobs and more.

  1. Productivity

With increased narcotic use, your employer would not be able to give their hundred per cent at the task. Their low morale will also create issues for their colleagues and become a distraction. Therefore, it will reduce the overall productivity of your team. Conducting a drug test will also help you better comply with Australia’s Occupational Health and Safety Act.

  1. Employee Turnover Rate 

Absenteeism, downtime, accidents and theft can all lead to an increase in employee turnover rate. It will impact your company’s potency, reputation, cost of employee training and more. And above all, it will reduce the growth of your business.

So, does it make sense now to adapt workplace drug testing policies for your company? Hopefully, your answer is yes. And if you have any further queries feel free to contact us. At Serene Workplace Safety, we are always here to help you create policies and procedures specific to your business.