You are recovering from an injury sustained in an accident at work. Thankfully, your physical recovery is going well and you are feeling optimistic about returning to work. However, you are still conflicted about why you were asked to submit drug testing results following your accident. At Glauber/Berenson Attorneys, we have helped many injured employees in California to become better educated about the purpose of worker’s compensation and their rights as an injured employee. 

Drug testing is actually an invaluable tool to use in providing you and your employer with protection. A well-rounded drug test can rule out certain causes of an accident that could have incriminated you or left you facing consequences that were unnecessary. Likewise, drug testing is a great way for your employer to provide a detailed and trustworthy report to entities like OSHA who will require such information as they conduct their internal investigation. 

According to the National Drug Screening, Inc., there are many helpful and necessary reasons for why your employer required you to take a drug test after your accident. These include the following:

  • It is a requirement by many entities including DOT compliant drug and alcohol testing programs and State Drug Free Workplace programs. 
  • It can save your employer a significant amount of money in the long run.
  • It is a way that your employer can guarantee a safe workplace for you and other employees. 

When you are aware of some of the reasons why you may be asked to submit a drug test following a workplace injury, you may feel better about being compliant and willing to provide the information your employer is asking for. For more information about workplace accidents, visit our web page.