Process of Pre-Employment Drug Testing


In this video, you will see the breakdown of the drug testing process used by employers who request employee drug testing before hiring. Most companies require potential employees to undergo a drug test before finalizing the job offer as means of a new hire background check. Pre-employment drug screening helps companies to mitigate risks.

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Urine testing is the most common methods because it is quick and simple. A urine drug test can detect a variety of substances that may have been ingested up to five days prior to the test. The drugs that are most often tested for include: phencyclidine (PCP), MDMA, marijuana (THC), opiates, cocaine, and amphetamines.

Testers first use an adulteration strip, a rapid pre-screening tool that they dip into the urine. The integrity of the sample can be determined within the next two minutes. Next is the six-panel dip test where two lines mean negative, and one line means positive. The results are then sent to the employer where they can make their own decision. In addition to background checks for pre-employment, some companies opt to do randomized drug testing of their employees periodically. This process is very similar.


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