Creating a Substance-Free Workplace

drugs-1276787_1280Whether an employee or potential employee’s substance abuse occurs at home or at work, employees who abuse alcohol and drugs (including illegal drugs, prescription drugs, and over-the-counter drugs) can create significant issues for both employers and other employees. Employees who abuse drugs have been shown to have higher absenteeism, are less productive, have higher medical costs, and have more accidents and injuries. The cost of drug abuse to employers has been estimated to be as high as $100 billion a year.

In order to address and circumvent these issues, drug testing has become the norm for many companies. Step one in implementing a substance-free workplace is to have a policy against drug and alcohol abuse. Every employer can and should have such a policy. While it’s best to tailor your policy to fit your businesses circumstances, a model policy can serve as an excellent starting point and some common principles and language to use.

Because drug use can affect employees’ health and productivity, it’s important for businesses to periodically review their drug-testing policies. By implementing workplace drug-testing policies, an employer may be able to help prevent drug use before it starts, identify employees who need drug treatment, and reduce work-related accidents due to illegal drug use.

In our next blog post, we’ll discuss the substances most commonly tested using the 6 panel drug test kit, as well as the 8 panel drug test kit. Read on to learn more about those substances and implementing a drug-free policy in your workplace.

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