Safety in the workplace is a top priority for all employers. It shouldn’t be top of mind for only those who have employees working in conditions that include potentially hazardous materials or heavy-equipment management. There are safety concerns every employer should have because they affect every workplace.
Substance abuse has been a growing problem in the United States in recent decades. Absenteeism, tardiness and on-the-job accidents are occurring more often, and these events are costing companies millions of dollars in productivity, Workers’ Compensation and liability costs. The abuse of drugs or alcohol affects employees noticeably whether they consume on the job or Read more »
It’s estimated that approximately 20–30% of college students are abusing amphetamines such as Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta, Focalin and Vyvanse. Also referred to as “academic doping” and “taking the study drug,” amphetamine usage may start out innocently enough when these students borrow or buy the drugs from a fellow student in order to stay up to Read more »
The internet world is laced with millions of pieces of information and misinformation. Included in these are hundreds of recommendations for individuals to “beat” standard drug testing procedures. These recipes and ploys are designed to either blur the results or eradicate the presence of drugs in an individual’s system prior to a test. Computer-savvy users Read more »
The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation recently published its position on the BWC and its programs relative to medical marijuana, and states that the impact is “limited. It does not adversely affect the Drug-free Safety Program, will not require BWC to pay for patient access to marijuana, and expressly states that an employee under the Read more »
After years of anticipation, effective August 11th, 2016, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) determined its stance on whether or not marijuana should be moved from a Schedule I to a Schedule II drug. The answer? No. Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high Read more »
What will this mean to employers and their drug-free workplace programs? House Bill 523, which was signed into law in early June by Governor John Kasich, takes effect today in Ohio, September 8, 2016. This will make Ohio the 25th state in the country to legalize marijuana for a variety of medical conditions* for which Read more »
Employees are the most important part of your business. Every individual working harmoniously toward a common goal is the road to success and a path to employee satisfaction and retention. This sounds great, but one very notable cause for derailing this harmony is employee substance abuse. Unfortunately, small businesses experience approximately 44% of workplace drug Read more »