It's no exaggeration to say that drug abuse is the enemy of the corporate mission. Drug abuse leads to theft, poor ethical choices, poor workplace morale, poor attendance, increased tardiness, increased accidents, increased Workers' Compensation claims, and production loss. It's impossible to calculate the dollar amount that drug abuse costs business every day.
According to OSHA, "the vast majority of drug users are employed, and when they arrive for work, they don't leave their problems at the door. Of the 17.2 million illicit drug users aged 18 or older in 2005, 12.9 million (74.8 percent) were employed either full or part time. Furthermore, research indicates that between 10 and 20 percent of the nation's workers who die on the job test positive for alcohol or other drugs. In fact, industries with the highest rates of drug use are the same as those at a high risk for occupational injuries, such as construction, mining, manufacturing and wholesale.
"OSHA recognizes that impairment by drug or alcohol use can constitute an avoidable workplace hazard and that drug-free workplace programs can help improve worker safety and health and add value to American businesses. OSHA strongly supports comprehensive drug-free workforce programs, especially within certain workplace environments, such as those involving safety-sensitive duties like operating machinery.
"A comprehensive drug-free workforce approach includes five components—a policy, supervisor training, employee education, employee assistance, and drug testing. Such programs, especially when drug testing is included, must be reasonable and take into consideration employee rights to privacy."
In a survey completed by the Hazelden Foundation of 1000 respondents, "More than sixty percent of those surveyed said they know people who have gone to work under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The figures were even higher among men (69%) and among those aged 45-54 (73%). Six out of ten respondents believe that having one drink during the workday somewhat or greatly impairs an employee's ability to do his or her job. Ninety percent said that consuming more than one drink during a workday would somewhat or greatly impair job performance. However, less than 20 percent of those surveyed have ever approached a co-worker to discuss his or her substance use."
A drug-free workplace program is a vital step in containing drug abuse and minimizing its effects in your workplace. Pre-Check is prepared to help you construct a comprehensive drug-free workplace program with a multitude of drug testing solutions for every budget and situation.
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