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Safety agency identifies obstacles to creating a sober workplace

February 26 2009

Top 12 Reasons A Good Drug-Free Workplace Program Goes Bad

According to the U.S. Department of Labor

1. The drug-free workplace program isn’t tied into the organization?s safety plan since it’s not
required by OSHA regulations.

2. There is a policy on paper, but no one knows what it says.

3. There is a belief that once a policy is implemented, it’s too late to change it.

4. Workers feel drug testing is invasive and won’t go for it.

5. There is a belief that if applicants are drug tested, no one will ever be hired.

6. The policy includes reasonable suspicion testing, but supervisors never exercise it because they’re afraid of making a wrong call.

7. There is a belief that drug testing doesn’t really improve safety since it doesn’t show actual

8. There is a belief that there’s no use testing since people can cheat the test.

9. Only illicit drugs are tested for, but there are known problems with alcohol and prescription

10. Safety professionals don’t feel they have the expertise to provide training on drug issues.

11. Management believes offering Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services and treatment are
luxuries it can’t afford.

12. Workers don’t trust EAPs. They think they’re just a management tool to get rid of problem

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