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Drug-Free Work Week, October 19-25,
Promotes a Safe and Healthy Environment for All

Thursday, October 15, 2009
 
According to the U.S. Dept. of Labor (DOL), 6.5 percent of full-time workers at manufacturing companies use illicit drugs and 9.5 percent abuse alcohol; workers that use and abuse these substances have higher rates of turnover and absenteeism; and, smaller firms (with less than 500 employees) are more susceptible to pay the consequences, as 90 percent of these companies currently employ drug users and heavy drinkers, while at the same time are less likely to test for substance use than are larger companies. Everything you need to know about building a drug-free workforce is available at the Drug-Free Work Week website (www.dol.gov/workingpartners/welcome.html) of the DOL--statistics, resources, frequently-asked questions, help-line access, state laws and additional information about drug and alcohol use in the workplace. Take some time to review it and use the information there to establish relevant policies for your company, educate workers about the dangers of alcohol and drug use, deter and detect use and urge people seek the help that they need.

 

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