One of the main reasons is to promote, maintain and improve safety in the workplace. There are many occupations where an individual who is using or abusing drugs may affect the safety of himself / herself, his / her coworkers and the general public.
Secondly, an employer has the right to maintain an efficient, productive and competitive workforce. Drug use and abuse can lead to increased absenteeism, Worker’s Compensation claims, liability insurance rates along with decreased productivity and efficiency.
Drug screening will provide a means of identifying who is using drugs of abuse so that they may be given counselling or treatment before the problem can become serious.
Some employers conduct anonymous general samplings of workers to obtain statistics on drug use which allow them to evaluate the need for a formal testing program.