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If you have employees with Commercial Drivers licenses, it's required by law. But for all employers, it's just good business! Considering the advantages shown below, perhaps the better question is, "Why not drug test?"
Employee turnover costs businesses through lost productivity, training costs, HR admin., and more. Being selective in hiring helps minimize these costs. Drug testing your applicants can be a cost-effective tool in your selection process.
According to the Tennessee Department of Labor:
*Nearly 70% of users of illegal drugs are currently employed.
*1/3 of employees know of the sale of illegal drugs in their workplace.
*20% of young workers admit using marijuana on the job.
Substance abuse in your workplace has a real effect on your bottom line.
*38 to 50% of workers compensation claims are related to substance abuse in the workplace. Substance abusers file 3 to 5 times as many claims.
*Substance abusers are 2.5 times more likely to be absent 8 or more days per year.
*Substance abusers are 1/3 less productive.
*Substance abusers incur 300% higher medical costs than non-abusers.
*Substance abusers' accidents often injure other employees.
*Adverse publicity if law enforcement makes arrests at your business.
foundational requirement requirement for participation in the Drug-Free Tennessee Program. Participating employers receive:
*Legal protections allowing shift of responsibility for accidents at work if drug/alcohol use can be demonstrated. This can enable the denial of workers comp benefits.
*Legal protection for the discharge or discipline on an employee found to be in violation of the employer's drug-free workplace program. This likely disqualifies the employee from receiving unemployment benefits.
*Credible defense from accusations of unsafe working conditions if an employee suffering an accident tests positive for drugs.
*A 5% premium credit on your worker's compensation insurance policy.
*more information available at: https://www.tn.gov/workforce/injuries-at-work/employers/employers/drug-free-workplace-program.html
Our testing personnel have either the CPC and/or CPCT certification to ensure your employees receive error-free specimen collection and processing.
Midway has been performing drug tests in the Knoxville area for over 20 years. No one has more experience with the needs of area employers. Our current customers have workforces ranging from under 20 to over 300 employees.
For the employer, we offer robust online capabilities including test ordering, results reporting, account creation and maintenance, and billing/payment options. If your testing needs fit our volume requirements, we offer mobile collection at your facility. For your employees we provide quick and efficient specimen collection/processing to get them in and out with a minimum of waiting. We offer a central location and expanded hours to meet employees' busy schedules. For those employees who travel, we have arrangements for specimen collection nationwide.
Often our new customers tell us they wish they had known about us sooner. While others offering the most common drug tests used for screening in the Knoxville area charge, $70, $80, or more, Midway's cost is 1/3 to 1/2 less than others charge. Depending on the size of your business and your testing needs, if your business participates in the Drug-Free Tennessee Program, the amount you save on your worker's compensation insurance premiums may exceed what our services cost.
Midway is a local company. We've been providing drug testing services for over 20 years in the greater Knoxville area. We're more than just a toll-free phone number and a website. Our local physical presence means we have people locally that excel in personal, and in-person service. But we also maintain a robust e-servicing capability. Because, let's face it, sometimes you're just too busy to get everything finished during normal hours. Our online services are always available 24/7. And for employers with locations outside the area, the network we participate in has testing centers coast to coast.