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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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We'll Create a Turnkey Program Specifically for your Business

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.

Additional Details

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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Drug Abuse in the United States – Is it a Problem?

Here are the latest statistics:

SAMHSA 2012 Report:

  • 23.9 million Americans aged 12 or older were current illicit drug users
  • 68% of drug users are employed
  • 9.2 percent of the population aged 12 or older using drugs
  • 8.9 percent full time and 12.5 percent part time workers use drugs
  • Daily or almost daily use of marijuana increased from 5.1 million persons in 2007 to 7.6 million persons in 2012
  • The number of past year heroin users increased between 2007 (373,000) and 2012 (669,000)

SHRM – DATIA 2011 Study:

  • 57% of employers conduct drug testing for pre-employment
  • 21% of employers conduct post accident testing
  • 36% of employers test current employees including random testing

Companies reported that drug testing:

  • Helps company’s bottom line
  • Increased productivity
  • Decreased turnover
  • Less absenteeism
  • Less accidents and workers comp claims

Can your Company Save Money with a Drug Testing Policy in Place?

Yes, many states provide employers a discount on workers compensation insurance for companies that implement a drug free workplace.

  • Alabama – 5%
  • Arkansas - 5%
  • Florida – 5%
  • Georgia – 7.5%
  • Kentucky – 5%
  • Mississippi – 5%
  • Ohio – 4% to 7%
  • South Carolina – 5%
  • Tennessee – 5%
  • Virginia – 5%
  • Washington – 5%
  • Wyoming – 5%

Discounts available but not at fixed specific rate:

  • Idaho
  • New York
  • Hawaii

If your state is not listed, ask your insurance agent to request for you a discount from the insurance carrier based on your commitment to safety with a drug free workplace.

These premium savings can be substantial and when added to injury reduction, a reduction in absenteeism, increased productivity and the potential for more business with other businesses and governments requiring drug free workplace, the drug free workplace program makes sense. National Drug Screening can help you calculate your return on investment (ROI) with a drug free workplace program.

Contact National Drug Screening and request a FREE REPORT on the workers’ compensation discount program in your State.

Drug Free Programs can Assist with Denying Workers Comp Claims

Have you heard of the intoxication defense and your ability to possibly deny a workers’ comp claim? If you can deny a workers’ comp claim will this save you money?

In every State there are either statutes or court decisions that have denied benefits for injuries caused by a claimant's intoxication at the time of the injury.

The intoxication defense in most states (except Arizona) requires proof of two things: 1) proof of intoxication AND 2) proof that the intoxication “caused” the injury. In some states one or both of these 2 steps may be “presumed” if a positive test was conducted per state rules or if the employee refused to test. This results in a statutory “intoxication” defense to a workers compensation claim, thus denial of the claim. BIG SAVINGS.

Contact National Drug Screening and request a FREE REPORT on the intoxication defense in your State.

Laboratory Testing Solutions

  • Bundled pricing to your advantage – one bill for lab, MRO and collection
  • Single source contact for setting up Lab and MRO accounts
  • All tests will travel through one system only with real time updates on every stage of the process
  • No paper on Non-DOT - electronic drug testing at collection sites around the United States: e-chain and paperless drug testing available.

Employers needing drug testing programs and drug free workplace programs need look no further. Contact National Drug Screening for a free consultative session regarding implementing a drug free workplace program in your business. There is no obligation, learn the benefits of a drug free workplace program and the return on investment.

No Obligation - Free Consultation Available – Call Today: 866-843-4545