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OSHA to employers: Affirm alcohol and drug addiction recovery work

OSHA Healthcare Connection, September 13, 2005

September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, and OSHA reminds employers that a safe workplace is one in which all workers understand that the abuse of alcohol and other drugs poses a significant, but avoidable, threat to their and others' safety.

An OSHA and U.S. Department of Labor Web page provides information on how a supportive work environment can play a critical role in achieving and maintaining sobriety for workers. Steps that employers can take to ensure their workplace is recovery-friendly are to

  • maintain a drug-free workplace program
  • offer flexible working hours to attend treatment-related meetings and counseling sessions
  • create a mentoring network for new employees
  • recruit work site recovery sponsors
  • offer life skills training for employees and supervisors
  • offer health insurance to all employees when possible
  • plan work-related social events sensitively and carefully
  • respect confidentiality

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