Manufacturing Industry Drug Testing

According to an official Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association national study, one-fifth of (19%) of companies experienced an increase in employee productivity after the implementation of a drug testing program, employers with high absenteeism rates (more than 15%) reported a decreased rate, over 56% of companies with high worker’s compensation incidence rates reported a significant drop in claims, and 16% of companies reported a net employee turnover decrease.


The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a total of 4,609 fatal occupational injuries by major event in 2011, with the manufacturing sector listed as one of the most dangerous.  Employees working in the manufacturing industry are faced with a multitude of risks, including slips/trips/falls, operating hazardous machinery and exposure to harmful chemicals and acids. A company operating in this risky industry without an effective drug and alcohol testing program in place is not taking the right steps toward creating and maintaining a safe workplace.


The National Survey on Drug Use and Health of 2011 found that about half of the adults aged 18 or older with substance dependence or abuse were employed full time in 2011. Of the 18.9 million adults in the U.S. classified with substance dependence or abuse, 9.8 million (51.8%) were full time employees.  Pre-employment drug testing can help screen out hiring possible substance users, and random drug testing will detect drug use throughout the worker’s employment time.


Drug Abuse By Industry – Manufacturing


Current Illicit Drug Use (%)

Current Heavy Alcohol Use (%)

Electrical Machinery



Lumber and Wood Products






Metal Industries



Professional Equipment



Transportation Equipment



Source: US Department of Labor


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