The workplace can be a very busy place. Manufacturing environments are in constant motion with machines and assembling tools. Construction sites are cluttered with large machinery and equipment. A farm is busy with moving tractors and livestock. These are just some examples of work sites that may require pre-employment and unannounced drug testing. The employer has every right to require this and has many reasons for doing drug testing. During the application process they can have you sign a disclosure stating that they have your consent to do drug testing.
Some employers also require you to sign a waiver stating that if you are injured on the job while you are on the clock that you must submit to drug testing. This is for the safety of you and your fellow co-workers. It also is for the sake of the employer as they can rule out other causes for the injury of you are under the influence of drugs. If you are injured and the drug testing shows you were under the influence then your employer may terminate your employment. They also may give you the option of attending a drug rehabilitation program or counseling while being suspended from work. Typically if the employer offers the latter option they opt to pay for it. Most employers that offer the option of suspension while in a program only offer it you once and you may be subject to random drug testing. If you fail again you will more than likely be terminated.
Drug testing is beneficial, as you can see, to both the employer and the employee. It maintains a safe working environment, prevents long term drug abuse by promising employment to those who chose not to use drugs and reduces cost for an employer by reducing work related injury.
Disclaimer: Cliff Schaffer does not personally endorse or support any of the comments made within the writings of this article.