Maintaining a safe environment in the workplace is of the utmost importance in protecting your employees and yourself as the employer.
In creating a safe work environment, the issue of drug use and drug testing is often overlooked.
Illicit drug and alcohol abuse in manufacturing industry not only creates safety risks, but threatens the productivity and bottom line for the entire organization. Drug and alcohol abuse accounts for 38%-50% of all workers’ compensation claims within the manufacturing industry.
Manufacturers who abuse alcohol and other drugs threaten not only their colleagues and clients, but also their well-established reputation as a producer of top-quality wares. By keeping the nation’s factories and workshops free of alcohol and drugs, industry employers work to ensure that the label ‘Made in America’ continues to symbolize the spirit of high-quality craftsmanship that has for so long characterized the nation’s manufacturers
An effective drug free workplace program has become a prerequisite for workplace safety and productivity, as drug abusers are significantly more likely to
• Cause an accident (50% of workers comp claims involve substance abuse)
• Utilize health care benefits
• Quit or get fired (drug abusers change or quit work 2-3 times per year)
• Steal from their employer or co-workers
• Miss work or show up late
• Get in a confrontation at work
Did you know that?
Comprehensive drug free workplace programs, inclusive of random testing, have played a central role in;
- Improving safety
- Minimizing accidents
- Reducing workers’ compensation claims
- Increasing productivity
- Improving attendance
- Decreasing theft and violence
- Improving morale and public image
SAMHSA’s workplace study also stated that:
- 52.5 million workers indicated that they would be more likely to work for an employer who drug tested
- 5.6 million workers indicated that they would be less likely to work for an employer who drug tested
- 29.1% of illicit drug using employees say they would be less likely to work for employers that deployed random drug testing
- Only 6.9% of workers who do not use drugs would be less likely to work for employers who deployed random drug testing.