Alere, Synergy Health, LGC Group and BioClinics claim annual workplace drug testing has increased from 40% to a dramatic 470% in just four years.
Business leaders are becoming increasingly aware of workplace drug use and due to insurance purposes are adopting a drugs testing policy to ensure sensible conduct.
However, by law employees must give consent to being drug tested, but if they refuse they could face disciplinary action.
According to Lianne Gray – LGC Group’s strategic account manager for occupational drug testing – companies with employees in safety-critical roles such as driving and operating heavy machinery, are the most likely to carry out screening.
There are however an increasing number of “more normalised industries” including health companies and retail investing in a drugs-testing policy.
Ms Gray says this is to “safeguard not only the business, but also the reputation in the field they work...