Workplace Alcohol and Drug Abuse

44 Meeting Kits | 2 Online Courses | 5 Safety Quizzes | 8 Fatality Reports | 44 Articles & Expert Guidance Tips

Most companies have strict no-drugs and no-alcohol policies, but sometimes there needs to be some wiggle-room in these policies. Workers using prescription medication or medical marijuana might be examples of this.

Regardless, being impaired on the job from any substance is an incredibly dangerous situation.

Slips, trips and falls, the leading cause of accidents in North America, can easily happen when a worker has compromised balance.

Forgetting to wear proper PPE can happen if workers aren’t paying close attention to safety because of impairment, as can improper use of machinery.

Not to mention the health implications drugs and alcohol abuse can have on a workers body.

Use these resources to clarify the drug and alcohol policies at your organization. Be sure to clarify these with workers, and educate them on the damage using drugs and alcohol at work can have outside of termination.

Meeting Kits

Reporting the Good With the Bad

Failing to report violence and security threats in your workplace doesn’t do anyone much good. Unless your company and your co-workers know about potential problems, they can’t do anything to make your job safer.

Your company likely has a zero-tolerance policy on violence. This means no verbal or non-verbal threats or any other form of intimidation or assault.

So why would you hesitate to report an incident or potential violence?

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How You Can Prevent Violence in Your Workplace

Workplace violence can happen anywhere, any time. It can come from a co-worker or a stranger. And it isn’t limited to physical assault. Workplace violence is any form of threatening or disruptive behavior. It can be as simple as a gesture, such as a raised fist, or as complicated as sabotage.

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Workplace Violence Can Be A Killer

Homicide is a leading cause of occupational-injury deaths in the United States, after motor vehicle and machine-related accidents. According to a recent study, 9,900 people died as a result of work-related injuries. An astonishing 13% were homicide victims. That translates into approximately 1,300 employees who were murdered at work.

Another interesting fact from the study indicates the peak time for on-the-job homicides was from 4 p.m. to midnight. Gunshot wounds were the major cause of the homicides. The killers included customers, patients, inmates, co-workers, spouses and robbers.

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Online Courses

Drug Free Workplace

The term “drug abuse” often conjures-up images of junkies lurking in back alleys and crack houses, but most drug users are actively employed. Substance abuse is a problem that can seriously affect the safety of all employees in the workplace. This course will teach employees about the importance of keeping drugs out of the workplace and what they can do to help. Employees will learn about the impact of drug and alcohol abuse in U.S. workplaces, how to identify the elements of a drug-free workplace program and the signs and symptoms of drug and alcohol abuse. This course is intended for employees in all industries.

Drug Free Workplace (International)

The term “drug abuse” often conjures-up images of junkies lurking in back alleys and crack houses, but most drug users are actively employed. Substance abuse is a problem that can seriously affect the safety of all employees in the workplace. This course will teach employees about the importance of keeping drugs out of the workplace and what they can do to help. Employees will learn about the impact of drug and alcohol abuse in workplaces, how to identify the elements of a drug-free workplace program and the signs and symptoms of drug and alcohol abuse. This course is intended for employees in all industries.

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