Drugs In The Workplace
Random drug testing in the workplace is a good practice. Although some people believe it is a violation of privacy, companies have a business to run and don?t need the responsibility or the hassle of a drug-addicted employees and how their behavior will affect the company and its bottom-line. Employers should be allowed to test for drug use if an employee?s behavior seems appropriate, the job requires precise handling, or the driving and/or safety of others is involved.
Poor judgment and impaired motor functions makes for an accident-prone employee. Operating a complex piece of machinery while impaired by drugs poses serious risks to others. Airline pilots, air traffic controllers, train operators, taxi drivers, and bus drivers are only a few examples of occupations where even the slightest bit of drug use could be life threatening for all those involved. Factory workers are not an exception. There are huge machines in a factory that when operated by an impaired employee, could cause the loss of a limb, or even the loss of a life.
Drugs change behavior and limit the ability to accurately complete tasks. There is also evidence that drug dependant employees use more sick leave
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