“Drug-Free Work Week” officially is this week: October 20-24. According to an OSHA press statement, it “is a dedicated time each year to highlight the benefits that drug-free workplace programs bring to employers, workers and communities.
“It spreads the word that working drug free: 1) Prevents accidents and make workplaces safer; 2) Improves productivity and reduce costs; and 3) Encourages people with alcohol and drug problems to seek help
According to recent research, OSHA states that 75 percent of the nation’s current illegal drug users are employedâ€”and 3.1 percent say they have actually used illegal drugs before or during work hours. Also, 79 percent of the nation’s heavy alcohol users are employedâ€”and 7.1 percent say they have actually consumed alcohol during the workday.
Visit OSHA’s web site for tools and ideas to promote drug-free workplaces.
Make every week a drug-free work week, urges OSHA (10/21)
October 21, 2008