Wednesday, October 21, 2009

And A Happy Drug-Free Work Week to You, Too!

Did you know that this week, October 19-25th, is Drug-free Work Week? Four years ago, the Department of Labor instituted this special week to highlight the benefits of maintaining a drug-free workplace.

According to the Department of Labor, "between 10 and 20 percent of the nation's workers who die on the job test positive for alcohol or other drugs. . .Industries with the highest rates of drug use include many of the same industries at high-risk of occupational injuries, such as construction, mining, manufacturing and wholesale."

Employers who take steps to prevent drug use will benefit from healthier employees, fewer Workers' Comp losses, and lower insurance rates.

For example, Virginia allows a 5% Drug Free Workplace credit on Work Comp premiums for companies who maintain qualified drug testing programs. These programs should include random testing, substance abuse education, and resource files for employees seeking additional help.

The Hartford Insurance Group's HartfordHelp website has great information and resources for employers looking to institute or beef up their own Drug-free policies. For more information, please click here.

Does your company have a drug testing program? Have you ever been faced with a situation where an employee tested positive? How did you handle it?

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