Hair Drug Test
Hair drug testing is one of the latest ways to see if someone is taking drugs. By doing a hair drug test, you have a longer detection period for drug use. Urine and saliva samples also test for drug abuse, but have a much shorter detection period. It is a very effective way for employers to know if their potential or current employees are taking drugs.
Thousands of companies rely on hair testing each year as a part of their drug-free workplace programs and policies. Hair drug tests are done by examining the hair samples. Drug use within the last three months can be detected when only a one-inch hair strand is sent to a laboratory. For those with extremely short or no hair on their head, hair may be taken from other parts of the body. Marijuana, Ecstasy, Cocaine, Opiates, Methamphetamine, and Phencyclidine can all be detected through a hair drug test. The hair drug testing system is approved by the Department of Homeland Security and used by the Federal government.
Hair drug testing can detect drug usage in the past 90 days, so if an employee knew a drug test was being given, merely stopping the drug for a few days would not help. Washing or bleaching the hair does not help skew the test results either. With a urinalysis, an employee might have the opportunity to substitute clean urine as his or her own. Hair drug testing is much simpler and offers less opportunity for those who know they are guilty to try to cheat. It also offers much more privacy as some organization, such as the U.S. Military, often assign someone to watch the subjects take the urine test to assure there is no dishonesty.
Hair drug testing is an easy, efficient, non-embarrassing way to assure that you maintain a drug-free workplace.
Disclaimer: Cliff Schaffer does not personally endorse or support any of the comments made within the writings of this article.