By Pat Loeb

By Pat Loeb

PHULADELPHIA (CBS) — A survey by The Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association finds that one-third of job applicants are eliminated by mandatory drug tests, either because they refuse to take them or fail to pass them.

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Association Director Dave Taylor says members have been complaining for years about applicants that won’t take or can’t pass a drug test. The survey was designed to quantify the problem and even Taylor was surprised by the numbers: 19 percent refuse to take the tests, 16 percent don’t pass.

Taylor says they’re missing out on good jobs.

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“It is very important to have a safe workplace in a manufacturing environment. You’ve got heavy equipment, you’ve got bladed instruments, high voltage, extreme temperatures, chemical reactions. Manufacturers have to have a sober workforce,” Taylor said.

Taylor says there are half a million manufacturing jobs in Pennsylvania and he hopes job seekers will learn it’s worthwhile to forgo illegal drugs.

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