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Where to Send Your New Hires for Pre-Employment Screenings

Nov 19th 2015 at 9:32 PM

Many companies have policies regarding drug use and other medical requirements to maintain the safety, welfare and productivity of the workplace. Screening new employees before they start to ensure they’re following these regulations can reduce incidents and issues such as absenteeism and high turnover. Given the difficulties and expense of correctly administering and processing drug tests, it’s recommended that employers choose an expert third-party service to send new hires for pre-employment screening.

Some walk-in medical centers and clinics offer pre-employment screening as one of their services. Certain private companies also specialize in employee drug screening. Whatever place you choose, they should be experienced and rigorous, following the proper medical procedures during sample collection in order to reduce the chance of errors and issues that may contaminate the samples and affect the results. Though urine samples are the most common requirement for drug screening, blood, saliva or other biological samples may be needed for more advanced analysis. While specialized screening companies may be limited in what tests they can administer, healthcare clinics will have the equipment available to take a variety of different samples.

All samples must be tested in a certified laboratory. Medical clinics usually have labs on-site or local, allowing for swift analysis and results. Credible drug screening is done in two parts. The first test is an immunoassay, which detects the presence of certain chemicals in the urine or blood. If the results are negative, then the screening is considered complete and passed. If this initial test comes back positive, gas chromatography-mass spectrometry is used to confirm and identify the specific chemicals which have been found, and ensure that permitted substances are not mistaken for something illicit. To prevent such false positives, trained specialists must review and record all results. These experts should also be available to explain the results to you and answer any questions.

Another advantage of sending employees to a medical center for both pre-employment and on-the-job drug screening is that such clinics can offer other employee-related services as well, such as tuberculosis testing, required physical exams or handling workplace injuries. If your company does or may potentially require additional medical needs, it’s helpful to have a place you and your employees already know and trust.

Given the benefits, every company with drug policies or other medical concerns should find a healthcare clinic or other screening provider to send their candidates and new hires. See this website for more information about pre-employment screening in San Diego and how it can improve your workplace.

Author Bio:

With over 25 years in the emergency medical industry, Jack Stewart is seeking to share his knowledge of urgent care and preventative medicine with the world. See more of his thoughts at emergency care blog

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