Drug Free Workplace Information
Is there someone who can help us set up a Drug Free Workplace?
Yes, the National Drug-Free Workplace Alliance offers Florida’s employers assistance in establishing Drug Free Workplaces. For more information please visit their website at www.ndwa.org or www.dfaf.org.
Why should an employer have a Drug-Free Workplace?
The Cost of on-the-job drug abuse is over $100 Billion annually
77 percent of all drug users over the age of 18 are employed
80 percent of drug abusers steal from their workplace
65 percent of all work accidents are the direct result of substance abuse
Can an employer use oral swabs to test for drugs ?
Most Drug Free Workplace Programs do not allow oral swabs to be used for a variety of reasons.
The Department of Labor Drug-Free Workplace Advisor helps employers build tailored drug-free workplace policies an
The MRO is the only person who should discuss possible medical explanations for positive test results with applicants and employees because:
(1) the MRO will keep the information provided by the applicant or employee confidential; and
(2) the MRO has the medical expertise to make an appropriate conclusion about the applicant’s or employee’s potentially legitimate use of medications that may affect a drug test result.
The employer’s non-participation in the MRO review process actually protects the employer from making erroneous decisions that could lead to discrimination claims, or from acquiring unnecessary knowledge of medical facts that could be the basis of later, unrelated discrimination claims.
Do not engage in discussions with applicants or employees over reasons for positive (or potentially positive) drug test results.
As stated above, all discussions concerning applicants’ or employees’ use of legal medications – and their effect on drug test results – should be directed to the MRO, not to the employer.
Employers should review their drug and alcohol testing policies to ensure that applicants and employees are advised to discuss their use of legal medications only with the MRO, not with the employer.
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