LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Part of the Wilco Group, the largest civil and landscape development group in Western Canada, has adopted the Intelligent Fingerprinting Drug Test for its recruitment process. The HR team at Wilco Contractors Southwest Inc’s headquarters in Calgary is using the fingerprint-based drug screening system, that works by collecting and analysing tiny traces of sweat from a fingerprint to detect drugs, to assess fitness for work in the construction sector. The rapid, non-invasive fingerprint method replaces a traditional off-site urine test approach. Together with operational and efficiency savings resulting from Intelligent Fingerprinting’s 10-minute test, the switch to the fingerprint method is set to save Wilco Southwest $20-25,000 CAD annually.
All new Wilco Southwest employees who are set to operate construction heavy plant vehicles, truck operators or labourers working in these environments are required to take a drug test as part of their interview process. Previously, candidates had to visit a third party off-site location within 48 hours of the interview to provide a urine sample.
Dan Maat, Vice President of Wilco Contractors Southwest Inc said: “We recruit up to 500 employees annually who work in high risk environments, so we routinely drug test as part of recruitment. We like the fingerprint method as we can now test in-house, and gain access to results within minutes during the interview process. We’ve also found that interviewees are much happier to provide a fingerprint sweat sample compared to our previous intrusive urine test approach. From a process and operational perspective, we have also projected that the adoption of fingerprint drug testing is set to save us between $20-25,000 CAD in the first year alone.
“Previously we found that we lost candidates and money due to the urine test taking 24-48 hours post interview. We were having to pay for many booked drug test appointments where candidates failed to turn up. Our HR manager is now managing the drug tests himself during the interview – eliminating the need for external support and enabling job offers to be made there and then,” added Dan.
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