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Alcohol and/or Drugs in the Workplace

Photo courtesy of Thinkstock #79166506: Lost productivity due to alcohol-related deaths and disabilities impose a greater economic burden than do health care costs.  Center for Disease Control

"Lost productivity due to alcohol-related deaths and disabilities impose a greater economic burden than do health care costs." – Center for Disease Control

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The use of alcohol and/or drugs can have harmful effects in the workplace, adding costs to injuries, unsafe working conditions and loss in productivity, absenteeism, workers compensation and rehabilitation.

The Center for Disease Control states:

"Over 15% of U.S. workers report being impaired by alcohol at work at least 1 time during the past year, and 9% of workers reported being hung-over at work."

Here are some steps to help prevent these types of unsafe conditions:

  • Evaluate the safety culture in your workplace.
  • Have clear written expectations and policies.
  • Train employees on substance abuse awareness.
  • Follow through and offer appropriate resources.

Preventative efforts make good business sense when you begin to consider the possible costs associated with a tragic incident.

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