Ensuring a Safe and Drug-Free Workforce with Pre-Employment Testing Services

Our comprehensive pre-employment testing services help decrease absenteeism, accidents, and downtime and mitigate the risks and costly compensation claims associated with drug use.

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Why Choose Acuity Pre-Employment Testing Services?

According to industry research, a single employee with an untreated substance abuse disorder will cost their employer approximately $7,000 per year in excess healthcare expenses, absenteeism, and turnover costs.

Combined with pre-employment physical exams or as part of ongoing screening, drug test services help employers maintain workplace safety and ensure compliance with applicable state or federal regulations.

Acuity offers comprehensive drug testing services – whenever and wherever they are needed, 24/7.

For more than 48 years, our experienced occupational health team of Medical Review Officers (MROs) and Medical Review Officer Assistants (MROAs) have provided centralized drug test reviews and verified results for U.S. government and commercial clients.

This team provides more than 1,500 MRO services annually for both regulated (including Department of Transportation — DOT) and non-regulated testing.

Our pre-employment testing programs are responsive, flexible, and scalable and are tailor-made for every employer and the unique risks associated with each job. Our cost-effective solutions are backed by robust, centralized health analytics for ease of case management, including real-time exam tracking and reporting, data management and transmission, physician medical review services, and more.

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What We Do

  • Pre-employment drug testing services (pre-employment and ongoing screening)
  • Rapidly report verified results
  • Direct and secure link to all certified labs
  • Subject matter expertise, guidance, and program management to ensure alignment with federal, state, and local requirements
  • Training on implementing random drug testing programs, identifying donors for reasonable suspicion, collector training

Customized to meet the specific needs of your company

Adaptable, flexible, and scalable programs for employers’ unique needs, job descriptions, and risks.

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Accurate and reliable testing methods

Our extensive network of certified test collectors and medical review officers execute compliant and high-quality pre-employment drug screenings.

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Convenient and efficient scheduling

A seamless, integrated process backed by 24/7 customer service, from test scheduling to real-time tracking.

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What is a Pre-Employment Drug Test?

Testing for drugs is an important preventative measure to ensure a safe and healthy workplace and expedite the applicant hiring process. Employee drug use poses a risk of injury or accident to the individual, their colleagues, and the public – especially if they operate heavy equipment or machinery or work in safety-sensitive positions.

A pre-placement drug test is often required by employers before an offer is extended to a job applicant.
Drug test services can be performed virtually or in person and may include alcohol, blood, urine, saliva, or hair sample testing options.

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Benefits of Pre-Employment Drug Testing

A pre-employment drug testing program ensures that employers can maintain a drug-free workplace and comply with government regulations (including DOT and Department of Labor — DOL — laws). It also protects employees and is a deterrent against drug use in the workplace.

By filtering out drug use, drug testing can reduce risks associated with workplace incidents and potential damages and provide cost savings.

In addition, a drug test for employment takes the guesswork out of hiring and promotes a culture of health and wellness.

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Our Services

With over 48 years of industry experience, Acuity is one of the nation’s leading providers of pre-employment drug testing services to federal, commercial, and international clients.

We use an extensive network of medical clinics, lab service centers, our Mobile Medical Unit, and 24/7 on-site collection services to successfully execute compliant and high-quality drug and alcohol testing services for a wide variety of clients and employee populations. In 2021 alone, we conducted more than 61,000 drug screenings.

From test scheduling through real-time tracking to physician medical review and determination reporting, our centralized data-driven process is seamless, integrated, and backed by 24/7 customer care.

Our nationwide medical provider network of 11,000+ healthcare providers is well-established, assuring a higher start-up value, better cost control, and reduced operational risk for our clients.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the most common pre-employment drug test?

The most common pre-employment drug test is a urine test. This is generally required once a conditional offer of employment has been made.

Is it legal to test an employee for drugs as a condition of employment?

Most states permit employers to test job applicants for drugs or alcohol. However, employees must be notified that testing is part of the interview process. Drug tests must be administered by a state-certified lab.

Industries regulated by the DOL and DOT are required by law to test job candidates for drugs and alcohol.

What is a five-panel drug test?

A five-panel drug test is a common drug screening exam for employees. The test is used to determine the presence of cocaine, marijuana, amphetamines, opioids, and phencyclidine (PCP). Pre-employment drug testing may also check for alcohol.

What is a 10-panel drug test?

Employers, particularly those in regulated industries, may require a more detailed 10-panel drug test. This test screens for illicit drugs and commonly abused prescription drugs (barbiturates, methadone, methaqualone, and more).

Pre-Employment Testing – Partner with Acuity International


Pre-employment drug tests are an important part of maintaining occupational health and workplace safety. Depending on the industry, stricter safety-sensitive guidelines may legally enforce drug testing.

At Acuity, we combine our drug testing services with advanced technology and a widespread provider network to give organizations 24/7 access to scheduling, test status notifications, case management reporting, and more.

Contact us to learn how our drug testing team can help you maintain a safe and healthy workforce.