Is Nicotine-Screening Coming to Your Employer Next?
In case any one of you lived in any sort of illusion that the employment picture was harsh enough, here's something that will perhaps force you to give it a second though.
Latest reports have revealed that the job applicants in Pennsylvania may well have something fresh to fear, something more apprehensive then the issue already stated - nicotine screening.
Starting from February 1, the Danville-based Geisinger Health Systems will stop its process of hiring job applicants who tend to consume tobacco products. Well, it might sound tough and it perhaps is, but the move holds somewhat effective in terms of fulfilling the long-running intent of the government to tighten the screws over the use of tobacco products, with especial reference to smoking.
So, it more like a better segment of the trend which is growing rapidly all over the globe. As per plans of the government, all full- as well as part-time job applicants, counting students as well as volunteers at schools in Geisinger, will have no alternative other than undergoing tests for nicotine use. In addition, it has been revealed that the nicotine check will be made a mandatory part of the routine drug screening.
The assessments will find out the use of a variety of tobacco products such as cigars, cigarettes, smokeless or chewing tobacco, nicotine patches, gum as well as snuff. However, the test will only hold effectiveness in detecting active nicotine consumers, while those subjected to second-hand smoke or indirect exposure to tobacco products.
Whiling expiring his opinion regarding the wonders being expected by the implementation of the novel policies related to nicotine screening, the chief human resource manager of Geisinger Health System, Richard Merkle, said: "Geisinger is joining dozens of hospitals and medical organizations across the country that are encouraging healthier living, decreasing absenteeism and reducing health care costs by adopting strict policies that make smoking a reason to turn away job applicants".
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