Building a Drug-Free Workplace: Supervisor Edition
According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Inc (NCADD), drug abuse costs employers $81 billion annually. Nearly 70 percent of the estimated 14.8 million Americans who use illegal drugs are employed making it a priority for employers to have drug and alcohol abuse policies. Programs that increase awareness and education on the effects of drug and alcohol on workers are important elements to helping employers address the costs and risks associated with employee drug and alcohol use on the job.
This training will cover the fundamentals of building and maintaining a Drug-Free Workplace Program including:
Policy Implementation and Compliance
Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988
Training and Education for Employees and Supervisors
Drug and Alcohol Testing
Employee Assistance Programs
FMLA and ADA Considerations
Medical Marijuana and Legalized Marijuana
Last Chance Agreements and Terminations
The Federal government offers many resources for employers to assist with developing Drug-Free Workplace programs:
SAMHSA is the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, which provides information on the treatment and prevention of substance abuse and mental illness. This is an excellent source for data and publications addressing issues that affect people at home and at work.
The Department of Labor enforces the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 that applies to certain employers that contract with the Federal Government. The DOL provides assistance with policy and program development for covered employers.
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration partners with many organizations to establish drug free workplace programs through the Drug Free Workplace Alliance.
The U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance provides guidance related to drug and alcohol testing of safety-sensitive transportation employees in aviation, trucking, railroads, mass transit, pipelines and other transportation industries.
The Office of National Drug Control Policy is committed to reducing drug use and its consequences in the U.S. by supporting and funding drug control programs and treatment support for addicts.
In addition to these Federal resources many state and local governments have drug testing laws and regulations. These entities may also provide local resources for employers.