Support National Drug-Free Work Week

October 19 – 25 is National Drug-Free Work Week, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor in coordination with members of its Drug-Free Workplace Alliance.  The purpose of this week is to highlight that being drug free is key to workplace safety and health, and to encourage workers with alcohol and drug problems to seek help.

Encouraging a drug-free work environment goes beyond health and safety.  Employees that are impaired affect productivity, both their own as well as other employees’.  Employees that use drugs or alcohol may negatively affect workplace morale, customer and employee relationships, employee turnover, quality and accuracy.  According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, problems related to drugs and alcohol abuse cost American businesses roughly $81 billion in lost productivity in just one year.   Can your organization really afford that? 

Your organization may not currently have a drug-free workplace policy, and one challenge is knowing where to start.  Resources that can help you develop a strong company policy at no or low cost include The Council on Drugs and Alcohol Houston, the U.S. Department of Labor and the Society for Human Resources Management if you are a member.  You might also seek assistance from your Professional Employers Organization (PEO), Third-Party Administrators (TPAs), and human resources consultants and attorneys in your area.

It is not too late!  You can bring Drug-Free Work Week to the forefront in your organization, and the Department of Labor has created some ideas and resources to help you.  If you are in the Houston area, come show your support at ExperTox’s Open House on Wednesday, October 21 from 3 p. – 6 p.  We’re celebrating with lots of food, free hearing tests, free drug-free workplace materials, hourly raffles and a peek behind-the-scenes – a tour of our laboratory.  Just let us know you will be there by clicking here to RSVP.

Let us know what your company is doing to show its support of Drug-Free Work Week.  We’d love to hear about it! 

October 22, 2009 – we want to share pictures of our Open House event with you.  Click here to view!

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