Benefits of Lab-based Urine Drug Testing
Urine drug testing detects recent drug use and is the only testing method approved for federally-mandated testing. Businesses rely on laboratory-based urine testing for its cost-effectiveness, capacity to screen for a variety of different illicit drugs and ability to withstand most legal challenges. Urine testing from Quest Diagnostics is an ideal solution for a wide variety of drug testing programs.
Drug testing aims to filter drug users from the workplace as well as to deter drug use on the job. Urine testing is the most common screening method and detects recent use, typically in the previous one to three days. Urine testing is suitable for all testing reasons – from pre-employment to random to post-accident – and can be performed for a wide range of illicit and prescription drugs.
While a positive urine test does not necessarily mean that an individual was "under the influence" at the time of the test, it has become the standard for evidence of "current use" for the U.S. Department of Labor. Urine testing is also the only method allowed for federally mandated tests.
Drug abuse in the workplace puts employers at a risk for higher insurance costs, more on the job accidents, increased absenteeism and lower productivity. Urine testing, like all drug testing methodologies, helps to mitigate these risks by screening out applicants and employees who use drugs. To calculate what your company could save with a drug testing program, use our Drug Testing Return on Investment Calculator.