Industry Insights

2019 Owner Survey: Employee Screening Trends & Best Practices

At DISA’s ‘Day with DISA’ drug testing conference and networking event on October 29th, DISA helped educate employers on valuable drug testing insights that will help them further protect their company. Colin Woods, DISA’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing presented on the History of Drug Testing and our 2019 Owner Survey to bring awareness to the powerful impact drug testing has in the workplace.

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The 2019 Owner Survey had participation from more than 60 owner / operators in the oil & gas, chemical, and energy industries who perform drug testing. The survey collected data from owners with the goal of identifying best practices for safety sensitive industries related to employee screening and site management.

Here are a 5 of the 11 key takeaways that Colin presented on in this session:

  • Most owners are sharing contractor compliance information with peers. Compliance information is predominantly shared through DISA and 75% of the time contractor screening is standardized across all sites
  • 71% of owners mandate a single provider for drug testing. The leading reasons for mandating a single provider are standardized requirements, real-time tracking, ease of administration, and increased safety.
  • The surveys revealed that 71% of owners saw a reduction in safety related incidents upon implementing a drug testing program. An additional 52% of owners saw a further reduction upon implementing a drug testing consortium. DISA’s Contractor’s Consortium (DCC) helps to manage the multiple workplace screening requirements that contractor companies must meet to be allowed to work at safety-sensitive worksites.
  • There’s been an increase in owners implementing background screening due to increased onsite incidents. More than 31% of all owners have seen theft related incidents, 30% have seen drug abuse, and 7% have had on-site violence in the past 12 months.
  • The majority of owners now require background checks that are renewed every other year and require a cut score of 2. Scoring is determined by using a DISA grading scale ranging from 0-7 and covers a variety of record tracking which increases by number. For example: a score of 2 is a violent misdemeanor, while a score of 7 is a Patriot Act hit (terrorist watch).

As DISA continues to collect valuable information, we’re always looking for more owners to add to the survey and get a better understanding of best practices in the Oil & Gas industry. If you’re interested in participating in upcoming owner surveys, please contact Donnie Martinez at for more information.

For more than 30 years, DISA has been a provider of workplace safety and compliance services. DISA helps companies make more informed staffing decisions by offering a broad array of industry-leading methodologies to make employee screening faster and more accurate. Our comprehensive approach to drug testing includes innovative technology and testing protocols for a full service, integrated employee solution. For more information about DISA call 1-800-752-6432 or email