As a private contractor, the author feels uniquely qualified to discuss the possibility and probability of screening private contractors.
First of all, private contractors have their own way of doing things and this may or may not involve having their sub contractors or underlings screened for substance abuse on a regular basis.
That is okay.
Here are some examples of when you may wish to insist on this practice.
When your private contractors are involved with direct employee safety, then you might want to have them screened. When they are part of a high hazard industry in which they will be working for you, then workplace drug testing laws may require this to happen, anyway. Make sure that they are following all procedures, so that your employees are as safe as possible. When your private contractors come onto the jobsite, make sure that you are legally covered for any work related accidents, including drug screening and alcohol testing of people who can bring liability upon the company if there is an injury or, god forbid, worse.
Screening private contractors certainly does not have to be all inclusive, but it should include any legal ramifications which your company will want to avoid. Drug and alcohol testing provides a scientifically backed paper trail and that is immensely helpful to have if or when your company is put in a compromising situation.
Screening private contractors is really no big deal. If they are not screened by an outside company, then you can just have them tested along with your other employees. Mediscreen provides onsite drug and alcohol testing, which means that we screen your employees at your worksite. It’s as simple as that.
Workplace drug testing is wonderful for prolonged projects and situations where an outside contractor is with your company for a long time or as a permanent stand-in. Mediscreen is NATA accredited for onsite drug testing, and we pride ourselves on our ability to bring convenience and service to your company. For more information on how alcohol and drug testing can aid you in your own business contracts and handling your business employees, call Mediscreen right now at: (+61) 1300 79 70 40.