America’s businesses pay a high price for alcohol and drug abuse.
Some costs-increased absences, accidents and errors–are obvious. Others, such as low employee morale and high illness rates, are less so, but the effects are equally harmful.
Employers have enormous power to protect their businesses from alcohol and drug abuse by educating employees about its dangers and encouraging individuals with alcohol and drug problems to seek help. To help businesses benefit from being drug free and to further its mission to help America’s employers maintain safe and healthy workplaces, the U.S. Department of Labor created Working Partners for an Alcohol- and Drug-Free Workplace of which The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) is a charter member of its Drug Free Workplace Alliance. Working Partners raises awareness about the impact drugs and alcohol have on the workplace and provides information on how to establish drug-free workplace programs that protect worker safety and health.
Drug-free workplace programs do more than just rid the workplace of alcohol and other drugs–they significantly contribute to the creation of alcohol- and drug-free families, schools and communities. Working Partners is a valuable resource that helps employers safeguard their business and play a role in the campaign to prevent drug abuse nationwide.
All Working Partners tools and resources–including information about how to develop a drug-free workplace policy from start to finish and ready-to-use training and educational materials–are available online at www.dol.gov/workingpartners.