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Workplace related drug testing: a brief overview

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Focus on legal and ethical issues of workplace drug testing. Be sure to consider various types of drug testing programs in your analysis. Additional issues to be considered are as follows:

1) Types of drug tests (urinalysis, sweat tests, and etc.)

2) Reliability of drug testing methods

3) Types of drug testing programs (mandatory, voluntary, and etc.)

4) Appropriateness of certain types of testing programs for specific occupational environments

5) Who to test and why

In your analysis, be sure to offer a critical judgment regarding the ethical and legal implications of drug testing given the various factors outlined above. Use a minimum of two sources reflecting current research to substantiate your argument.

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Workplace related drug testing

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Workplace related drug testing is stipulated in many work fields, as part of the human resources' criteria for hiring a person. If an individual is tested and is found to be using illicit drugs or of being addicted to alcohol or any other chemical substance, that can be a grounds for not hiring such a person or firing him/ her, when found intoxicated at work.

Drugs testing laws are essential, because professionals working in professional settings, especially medicine, engineering, transportation and social services need a near absolute level of alertness and conscious-ness. Without these imperative personal sensible qualities, no one can work effectively at their work, in fact, without mental alertness and professional demeanor, as is the case of an intoxicated or addicted person, a given professional ...

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