12/08/2003

USA - OSHA releases improved website to help employers establish drug-free workplace programs

The U.S. Department of Labor recently revamped its Working Partners for an
Alcohol- and Drug-Free Workplace Web site to better connect employers to
valuable online information and tools available to help them establish
drug-free workplace programs that protect worker safety and health, while
improving productivity and bottom-line profits.

Recently released data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration (SAMHSA) indicate that nearly three quarters of adult illicit
drug users are employed either full or part time. America's businesses pay a
high price for these individuals' 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 can protect their businesses from these negative effects by
developing drug-free workplace programs that educate employees about the
dangers of alcohol and drug abuse and encourage individuals with related
problems to seek help. The Working Partners Web site's new design provides
employers with improved access to free resources and tools to help establish
and maintain such programs.

The Working Partners Web site features the Drug-Free Workplace Advisor, an
interactive tool that helps employers build tailored, drug-free workplace
policies and programs; the Substance Abuse Information Database, an online
repository of hundreds of documents related to workplace alcohol and drug
abuse; basic information about substance abuse and how it affects employment;
and directories of national, state and local resources as well as state laws
that may assist employers in making their businesses drug free.

The Working Partners initiative was developed by DOL to help raise awareness
about the impact drugs and alcohol have on the workplace and provide
information on how to establish drug-free workplace programs that protect
worker safety and health. This resource can be especially helpful for small
businesses, which may be most vulnerable to workplace substance abuse.

Further Information


AplusA-online.de - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work