Hair drug testing helps detect more illegal drug users, reduces illegal drug use among current employees and deters illegal drug users from applying with companies who use hair testing.
Hair testing provides up to a 90-day detection window for repetitive drug use patterns; urine testing may only detect drug use for the past 48-72 hours.
It includes five panel tests for the most commonly abused drugs plus testing for metabolites associated with these drugs.
The actual cost is minimal compared to the cost of employing an illegal drug user. Illegal drug use by employees can impose high costs to an employer in the form of lower productivity, increased accident rates, higher turnover, theft and damage to equipment.
Beyond the direct financial impacts are the long-term risks of losing market share and reputation. Other benefits include: