Does Walmart Drug Test 2022
The four types of drug tests you can expect to encounter at Walmart include: pre-employment, random testing, suspicion testing, and drug testing upon an accident.
What exactly are the causes and precautions relating to all? Well that would depend on which scenario is happening currently to you and what to expect upon a negative or positive result. Only then, can you truly know what test you may be called in for.
Below, we will be going over these four types of testing, what has to occur for each to be taken, and what kinds of tests Walmart can give you.
The 4 Types of Drug Tests At Walmart
For pre-employment drug test screenings, the positions at Walmart vary depending on how much of a safety hazard you may be to the company and also yourself.
For example, if you are applying to be a cashier versus deli clerk, you may be using certain equipment to cut the meat.
You may be tested for those positions because of the hazard of falling as a stocker or using certain equipment for the deli versus working as just a cashier.
So, although it is rare for Walmart to do pre-employment drug tests for in-store positions, I would still prepare to be tested anyways for Auto center, pharmacy, deli, and other heavy labor positions.
Walmart may not test pre-employment for all positions, but they do test whenever there's an accident that requires medical attention, when there is suspicion of use based on behavior, and also at random times they see fit.
The type of test Walmart uses is a basic urine test that is not done at the actual interview, but can take place as soon as the same day of the interview.
Below is a list of the tests you can expect from Walmart.
#1 Pre-Employment Testing
This type of testing is again done usually before orientation for the start of the job, but usually only if it requires heavy lifting, use of cutlery, or some other hazardous element. I wouldn’t expect to have to submit to this type of testing for cashiering and customer service positions.
#2 Random Testing
Walmart does reserve the right to randomly drug test now and again at any 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.
#3 Suspicion Testing
Employees presenting behavior associated with the use of drugs will be drug tested by Walmart. It is legal for a company to drug test based on suspected misuse of drugs. This is also referred to as "probable-cause testing".
#4 Post-Accident Testing
Whenever there is an accident, Walmart does drug test the employee as part of their normal routine post any accidents. This is usually done to further investigate and/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 what type of substance the employee may have been on when the accident occurred.
Does Walmart drug test stockers?
Yes, Walmart can and does currently drug tests cashiers. Are they usually likely to conduct it on stockers? No, because it may not involve as much labor as other positions. But yes Walmart does reserve the right to conduct drug testing on stockers and potential stockers.
Does Walmart drug test cashiers?
Yes, Walmart can drug tests cashiers but again that is most likely not the case because the position does not require heavy labor. In most cases, they may conduct a pre-employment drug test as mentioned above on the list.
When does Walmart drug test?
Tests are usually conducted at Walmart before orientation can be started, so usually right away after the initial first interview.
Sometimes this happens rather quickly so it is best to be prepared to go in right away. After collecting the specimen it is usually tested right away by the lab for proper temperature in front of you, before having you sign off that it is indeed a sample from you.
It is then tested right away and you should know your results within two to four business days.
If there is a problem with your sample, it can be sent to a second lab for further testing.
This usually means there was a positive result or that the sample may be damaged somehow and have to be retaken.
It is best to contact the lab for the results yourself in this case to see what may have happened because certain medical privacy laws allow only yourself to access your own results. In some cases the test can be retaken at your own expense or Walmart may reserve their right to choose another candidate.
In most cases though, if you really want the job then retaking the test may be the best option if you know for sure it is a false-positive. It could be worth it if the position is worth it to you, because there have been and can be many mistakes made at laboratories.
It is best to weigh your options after each positive drug test on a case by case basis and take it from there on what best to do after it is told to you that you have a positive or false-positive test result.
What kind of drug test does Walmart use?
Walmart currently uses urine tests as the standard for all drug tests posted above. Tests are usually conducted at a local lab of yours or Walmart’s choice and is done with lab policies in place to prevent test alterations. Lab procedure usually involves locking away any bags brought with you, signing and verifying your identity, and making sure to conduct the test within the allotted time frame given by lab employees. Failure to comply with policies may further prolong this process, so it is best to be prepared to follow protocol to speed things up. All in all, the entire process should be rather quick and painless and not take up your entire day.
How often does Walmart drug test?
Walmart drug tests usually happen upon hiring, after an accident for sure. All other times are at the discretion of the company and if/when they think it is needed. Some tests are just standard protocol, while others are based on circumstance, accidents, incidents, or behavior.
Does Walmart drug test on the first interview?
No, Walmart usually conducts an interview and then may or may not have you come in for a drug test for pre-employment based on what position you have applied for. Some positions do not require a test but Walmart may still ask for one as soon as the next day after the initial first interview.
Does Walmart drug test after orientation?
Yes, most likely Walmart will drug test if they have not already tested before the orientation for the more heavy labor positions. I would expect to have a drug test conducted for positions involving machinery or heavy labor if you have not already taken one by or before orientation. For positions such as cashiering and stocking, if Walmart has not asked for one then I doubt they would after orientation.
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.