November 2010

A safer workplace

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Successfully implementing drug and alcohol testing can help you achieve a safer workplace

by Jason C. Kim and Gray I. Mateo-Harris
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Employers are rightfully concerned about the risks and costs associated with the use of illegal drugs and alcohol in the workplace. Not only does workplace drug and alcohol use increase the likelihood of absenteeism, tardiness and poor performance, it increases the likelihood of workplace accidents and injuries. Drug and alcohol use also perpetuates attitude and morale problems. Roofing contractors and other employers operating in industries associated with significant safety hazards are particularly vulnerable to these issues.

To protect your workplace from issues associated with drug and alcohol use, consider implementing drug and alcohol testing—but do so in a lawful manner.

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