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Industrial Health Services Network, Inc.
P.O. Box 490
Hudson, WI 54016
(800) 880-4444
Copyright 2000

What are the costs of not drug testing my employees?
The Department of Labor has studied the costs of alcohol and other drug abuse in the workplace.  Some costs were easy to see.  Others were hidden costs that employers might not normally think about.  The list below offers a basis for assessing the possible costs of alcohol and other drug abuse in your workplace:

Absenteeism  

Wages paid for days absent or for time tardy
  Wages paid for temporary staff to fill in
   

Accidents/Damage  

Wages paid for days absent
  Wages paid for unproductive hours during downtime
  Wages paid for temporary personnel
  Increased expenses for medical claims
  Cost of replacing damaged equipment
  Legal fees, court fees, investigative fees, travel costs
   

Health Care  

Increased costs for insurance, physicians, and more
  Employee time lost
  Administrative costs
   

Theft/Fraud  

Wages paid for unproductive hours during downtime
  Cost of repairing damage or replacing stolen items
  Cost of hiring security services and/or consultants
  Legal fees, court fees, investigative costs, travel costs

In addition, business opportunities may be lost because people are not on the job or are not fully productive.  Another major cost is the time spent by co-workers, supervisors, and administrators who must find ways to get the work done when someone is not pulling his or her weight.

Keep in mind that while there may be more cases of alcohol and other drug abuse in larger firms than in small ones, a single troubled employee can have a major impact on a smaller firm. 

We're here to help.  If you have questions about how IHSN's drug testing programs can help you avoid the problems above,  call us at (800) 880-4444 and one of our representatives would be happy to answer all of your questions.

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