Does Amazon Drug Test 2022
Worried about getting tested for drugs at Amazon?
Fear not, I break down everything you need to know including the 4 types of tests depending on your employment situation and I also answer every scenario to help you successfully navigate employment at Amazon. Read below!
The 4 Types of Drug Tests At Amazon
For pre-employment drug test screenings at Amazon, expect to be tested usually upon hire at an onboarding event for warehouse and stocking positions.
For more corporate jobs such as human resources or a manager position, it may be conducted differently and at a lab but usually consists of the same basic test that hourly workers also have to take.
As of June 2021 though, they do not require a marijuana screening due to legalization in numerous states.
The reasoning behind this was that, other than jobs involving transportation, they would be treating marijuana as alcohol within their screenings in support of and to promote the MORE Act in support of federal marijuana legalization.
Amazon said they would still be monitoring for impaired behavior on the job.
Amazon may not test pre-employment for all positions, but they do test whenever there's an accident as I said above, especially in auto accidents with delivery drivers that may require medical attention, when there is suspicion of use based on behavior, and also at random times they see fit. The type of test Amazon uses is a basic saliva test that is not done at the actual interview through a swab of the cheek. Below is a list of the tests you can expect from Amazon.
#1 Pre-Employment Testing
Pre-employment drug test screenings for Amazon do not vary depending on how much of a safety hazard you may be to the company and depending on what position you are applying for. For example, if you are applying to be a sorter versus working in human resources, you may have more of a risk of getting hurt stocking rather than in an office chair but you will still be tested for both positions. It would seem more likely for the stocking position because of the hazard of falling as a stocker or using certain equipment, but Amazon does conduct pre-employment testing for all positions.
#2 Random Testing
Amazon reserves the right to randomly drug test at any given time and that is exactly what this type of test is (random). You may never know when they ask you to submit for this type of test and it can be at any time of the month/year. You usually do have to submit to going in for this type of test as soon as the day of, or next day after requested.
#3 Suspicion Testing
When bizarre behavior or suspicion of drug use is indicated, that is when this type of drug testing takes place. Amazon reserves the right to drug test upon suspicion of consumption of drugs if it may be affecting work performance. It is also usually done very quickly like random testing either same day or next, so be prepared to take it right away if asked.
#4 Post-Accident Testing
Whenever there is an accident, Amazon does drug test the employee as part of their normal routine post any accidents. This is especially true for auto accidents involving delivery drivers which is a common job for Amazon and most likely has several auto accidents a day in any given area. I would be prepared to drug test after any auto accident, but also if an accident happens within the warehouse or pretty much any place while on the clock. This is usually done to further investigate or to document if any insurance benefit claims are to be filed based on the injury and how it occurred. This type of testing is mainly used for documentation purposes and litigation. It can be very important for the company and/or the employee to have it documented through a drug test about what type of substance the employee may have been on when the accident occurred.
Does Amazon drug test stockers?
Yes, Amazon can and does currently drug test stockers. It is usually conducted at the interview/orientation process that same day during the process of filling out onboarding paperwork. It is standard procedure during each hiring event to drug test stockers and all others there, regardless of position.
Does Amazon drug test cashiers?
Yes, Amazon does drug test cashiers just as they do for stockers. Expect to be tested on orientation/hire day along with fellow applicants. Although results are always confidential and will not be read in front of others, the test is conducted as a group together.
When does Amazon drug test?
Amazon drug tests upon hire, if there is an accident on the job, if they are suspicious of drug use, and randomly. The most common is usually upon an accident on the job for insurance claim and investigative reasons, and pre-employment. Random and suspicion testing are based more on behavior and not as common.
What kind of drug test does Amazon use?
Amazon uses a saliva drug test done through a swab of the cheek. It takes about 5 to 10 minutes and results are kept confidential. The results are instant after the saliva is absorbed and can be read by the hiring manager upon the hiring orientation.
How often does Amazon drug test?
Amazon usually only drug tests upon employment and if there are any reasons at another time such as listed above, based on accidents or incidents of behavior. Auto accidents almost always require a test, as does impaired behavior on the job. Though, It is not common for Amazon to do random testing.
Does Amazon drug test on the first interview?
Yes, usually Amazon does this upon hiring based on whether or not it is a corporate position or warehouse and other labor jobs. For the more corporate jobs they may test at a lab or another location or date. For hourly positions, especially the bigger hiring events, the testing occurs as a group together at the event.
Does Amazon drug test after orientation?
Yes, Amazon does drug test for pre-employment after you complete online orientation at the hiring/onboarding event scheduled. It is usually conducted as a group and very quick.
Steven Parker // Senior Staff Writer
With over 15 years of experience in the drug testing and employee background check industry, Steven Parker is an asset to IIPW.com and runs our resource development department as Senior Staff Writer.