If you are applying for a new job or already employed with the same job for many years and subjected to a random marijuana test, it is important to note that these so-called “random” tests are far from and anything but random. Most employers routinely test workers, especially after they return from parties or vacation although office politics is one of the biggest reasons behind such tests.
One of the biggest reasons why most employers ask employees for drug tests is because they want to reduce liability and insurance costs. Moreover, some employers have to comply with Federal and State Workplace Acts that require them to test all or some of their employees before a contract could be awarded to them. Signs such as slurred words, messy appearance, or intoxications are enough to prompt an employer from asking the employee to give a marijuana drug test. It is worthwhile to note that a big majority of these tests are conducted on the job site, during the work shift.
Some employers order these tests on employees when they are found or appear to be under the influence of banned substances while on the job. Therefore, you should avoid giving any reason for the employer to reasonably suspect that you are under the influence of any banned substance (including marijuana).
A few employers want to create and maintain a work environment that has no place for employees not in a fit state to work, while others use marijuana drug testing as a way to deter employees from using drugs through the threat of random testing. One of the other reasons behind marijuana drug testing is the investigation of industrial accidents wherein the employers are quite prepared to pass on the responsibility of accidents on the employee(s) to avoid compensation or other monetary benefits.
Some employees who have previously tested positive for marijuana and undergoing rehabilitation may generally be asked to offer urine samples to be tested as part of their treatment and rehabilitation programs. This is primarily because most employers and rehabilitation experts are of the view marijuana drug testing is an efficient way to monitor the progress of addicts.
We hope that this information on the common reasons for marijuana drug tests was useful to you in more than just a way.