Does FedEx Drug Test?

 UPDATED: May 4, 2023   |  0 Comments

Yes, FedEx does drug test for most, but not all of the company’s positions, and whether a drug test is performed also depends on the job location. 

The FedEx careers website lists multiple positions that state a drug test is required. These position listings state that marijuana is tested for in addition to other substances. The positions requiring drug tests include warehouse workers as well as drivers. 

According to the FedEx Code of Conduct, FedEx is committed to “maintaining an alcohol-free and drug-free workplace in accordance with FedEx policies and national, state and local laws. Third parties who work with us must also follow all health and safety laws and FedEx policies and commit to keeping our workplaces free of alcohol and drugs.”

This information was obtained after hours of research from various websites with answers from current and former FedEx employees, the FedEx careers website, and the FedEx Code of Conduct.

What Type of Drug Test Does FedEx Use?

Our research indicates that FedEx uses urine drug tests.

Urine drug tests, including the instant varieties, can range from four-panel to sixteen-panel. The number of panels means the number of substances that are tested for. The specific substances that are tested can vary depending on the type of test used. Five-panel is the most commonly used.

Five-panel urine drug tests test for:

  • Marijuana/Cannabis
  • Cocaine
  • Opiates
  • Amphetamines
  • Phencyclidine

FedEx reimburses for these drug tests, and they are conducted either on-site or at an independent laboratory.

When Does FedEx Drug Test?

Our research indicates that FedEx drug tests pre-employment and also if there is suspicion of substance use or in the event of a workplace accident. There have also been reports of random drug testing from current and former employees.

FedEx Drug Testing Process

How Long Do FedEx Drug Test Results Take?

Some current and former FedEx employees have reported that drug testing is performed at orientation and that the results are read immediately. FedEx also sends prospective and current employees to an independent laboratory to take the drug test, which can take several days to result depending on the complexity of the test.

What Happens if you Fail a Drug Test at FedEx?

FedEx will terminate employees who fail a drug test. Those who fail a pre-employment drug test will not be hired.

Does FedEx Call You if You Fail a Drug Test?

We could not find specific information to answer this question, but typically, employers will contact you if you fail a drug test.

Employee Drug Testing Policies for FedEx

Does FedEx Drug Test Seasonal Employees?

Many current and former seasonal FedEx employees report that no drug test was conducted, while other seasonal FedEx workers state that there was drug testing. Whether drug testing is conducted for seasonal employees depends on the position. For example, current and former drivers have reported that drug tests are done, while package handlers report that they were not drug tested.

Does FedEx Drug Test Warehouse Employees?

According to current and former FedEx warehouse workers, some say they were drug tested, while others state they were not. Multiple current and former package handlers report that drug testing was not performed, but the job description for package handlers on the FedEx careers website states that drug testing is required.

Does FedEx Drug Test Employees?

Our research indicates that drug testing varies by position and location. For example, package handlers at certain locations do not get a drug test upon hire, yet drug testing is performed on package handlers at other locations. Drivers receive drug testing at orientation and randomly. Multiple current and former managers state that drug testing is only required for drivers but not package handlers. Drug testing is also required if there is suspicion of drug use and for on-the-job accidents.

Does FedEx Drug Test For a Promotion?

Current and former FedEx employees report that drug testing is conducted for promotions. The job description for management positions on the FedEx website states that drug testing is required.

Does FedEx Drug Test if You Get Injured on the Job?

Yes, FedEx requires drug tests after on-the-job accidents. This is consistent with most companies who drug test after accidents in the workplace that result in damage to properties or injury within the workplace. This is for liability reasons as a positive drug test would void any potential worker’s compensation claims.

Marijuana Drug Testing at FedEx

Does FedEx Drug Test For Weed?

Yes. THC panel is included in urine tests, both the instant ones and those conducted at an independent laboratory. The job descriptions of multiple positions on the FedEx careers website specifically state that marijuana will be tested for.

Does FedEx Accept a Medical Marijuana Card?

According to current and former FedEx employees, marijuana is not accepted. This includes medical marijuana and in states where recreational marijuana is legal.

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