Implementing a Successful Drug Free Workplace
Studies have indicated that implementing a successful drug free workplace program involves five key components.
- A written policy
- Employee education
- Supervisor training
- An employee assistance program (EAP)
- Drug testing
Your business can implement the key components of a drug free workplace easily with a turnkey program offered by National Drug Screening. We help companies throughout the United States put together a program that is compliant with Federal and State laws and customized for your business needs. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you.
Understanding the Importance of a Drug Free Workplace Policy
Drug abuse is unhealthy. It can diminish workers’ ability to cooperate and work well. It can reduce long-term productivity and profits. It can reduce quality of life, both in the workplace and elsewhere, for those who are using illicit drugs or using alcohol in an unhealthy manner. Drug use is illegal!
Why should your company implement a drug free workplace policy?
- To comply with laws, regulations contractual requirements
- To qualify for insurance discounts, rebates, and other incentives
- To prevent associated problems (e.g., absenteeism, accidents, injuries, productivity loss)
- To respond to an incident or pattern of substance abuse
- To express support for the majority of employees who do not abuse alcohol or other drugs
- Tp invest in worker health, safety, and productivity
- For many employers, one serious accident, one major financial problem, one breach of confidentiality or one troubled employee can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and even jeopardize a company's financial future.
Developing a Drug Free Policy in the Workplace
drug free workplace policy development is available for employers, TPA’s and Background Check Company’s. At National Drug Screening, we can help you implement Non-DOT State Specific, Multi-State and DOT Policies customized specifically for your company.
Why Implement a Drug Free Workplace?
- Why Not?
- Provide a safer workplace
- Save money
Employers needing drug testing programs and drug free workplace programs need look no further. Contact National Drug Screening for a free consultation session regarding implementing a drug free workplace program in your business. There is no obligation; learn the benefits of a drug free program and the return on investment.
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A written policy is the cornerstone of a drug free workplace program. Your drug free workplace policy at a minimum will include:
- Rationale (e.g., laws, regulations, organizational goals)
- Expectations for compliance (e.g., who, what, when, where)
- Options offered for assistance (e.g., an EAP, community resources)
- Consequences for violating the policy (e.g., discipline, referral for assistance, termination)
Without a well written drug free workplace policy your company can face significant exposure to liability when conducting employee drug testing. The policy helps you to deny unemployment and workers compensation claims.
Employee Education – What good is the drug free workplace policy if everyone in the company does not know about it? The policy is an integral component of preventing drug abuse in the workplace. Employees need to know the harmful effects of drugs and need to know that help is available and how to get that help.
Supervisor Training – Without appropriate Supervisor Training, your leadership team will not be adequately equipped to recognize signs and symptoms that an employee may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol at work. This can lead to unsafe working conditions. Employees that may be using drugs or alcohol at work must be removed and required to take a drug and/or alcohol test to document the prohibited behavior. Live training, webinar training and computer based training all available from National Drug Screening.
Employee Assistance Programs – Commonly known as EAP, employers do not have to spend a great deal of money to have an EAP program for employees. Many health insurance programs included EAP. For those employers not providing health insurance, National Drug Screening can provide an employee assistance as part of the company drug free workplace program. Employee assistance programs are programs, sponsored by the organization or a union, that help employees by identifying and addressing a broad spectrum of health, economic, and social issues, including substance abuse and mental health.
Drug & Alcohol Testing – Trust but verify, do you really know who in your organization might be using illegal drugs. Drug testing is one way to protect your workplace from the negative effects of alcohol and other drug abuse. A drug testing program can deter employees from coming to work unfit for duty. It can also discourage alcohol and other drug abusers from joining your organization in the first place.
Contact National Drug Screening to learn more about our FREE DRUG FREE WORKPLACE KIT for implementing a drug free policy for your business.
Drug Free Workplace Act of 1998
This law effects all companies doing business with the Federal Government and all organizations receiving grants from the federal government.
- The drug free Workplace Act of 1998 requires Federal grantees and recipients of Federal contracts of $100,000 or more to comply with the following:
- The employer must have a written policy that explains what is prohibited and the consequences of violating the policy.
- Employees must read and consent to the policy as a condition of employment on the project.
- The employer must have an awareness program to educate employees about alcohol and other drugs of abuse and addiction, the employer’s policy, and available help, including counseling and other assistance.
- Employees must disclose any conviction for a drug-related offense in the workplace to the employer within 5 days after such conviction.
- Employers must disclose any conviction for a drug-related offense in the workplace to the Federal agency with which the employer has a grant or contract, within 10 days after receiving notice from the employee or others.
- Employers must make an ongoing effort to maintain a workplace free of drugs.
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