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Drug-Free Work Week focuses on workers and substance abuse

OSHA Healthcare Connection, October 14, 2008

With Drug-Free Work Week approaching, October 20-26, you should be aware that drug and alcohol abuse is a potential hazard in all types of workplaces, according to OSHA.

Small healthcare facilities may even be at higher risk.

In "Steps to a Drug-Free Workplace," OSHA explains that small businesses are less likely than large companies to have programs to address the problem, making them the "employer of choice" for substance abusers who cannot adhere to alcohol- and drug-free policies in larger businesses.

OSHA encourages employers to develop drug-free workplace programs that could include the following elements:

 

  • A written drug-free workplace policy
  • Supervisor training
  • Employee education
  • An employee assistance program
  • Drug testing

OSHA also notes that the cost of just one accident caused by an impaired employee can devastate a small business.

 

 

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