Establishing a Drug-Free Safety Program in your Ohio Business
Each year, Ohio businesses lose millions of dollars because of problems related to employees’ abuse of alcohol and drugs. Additionally, Ohio businesses without drug- free workplace programs pay more annually in medical claims and other benefits. This is largely attributable to workplace accidents and other incidents related to drug and alcohol abuse.
So what can be done to keep the negative effects of drug and alcohol abuse from infiltrating your Ohio business?
On March 25, 2010, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) voted to approve a new Drug-Free Safety Program (DFSP). This program will replace the BWC’s Drug-Free Workplace Program (DFWP) which has been in place since 1997. The new program will award participating Ohio businesses with workers’ compensation premium discounts ranging from 3-7 percent.
Applying lessons learned over the last 13 years, the new program expands the opportunity for employer participation and many more Ohio workplaces will be adopting programs to improve working conditions and employee productivity.
Does your Ohio business maintain a Drug-Free Safety Program (DFSP)? Do you understand the benefits of having a drug-free workplace for your employees … for your bottom line?
Implementing a drug-free workplace involves more than simply drug testing employees and management. Although the specific needs for each Ohio business are different, there are simple steps that can be taken by businesses to establish a Drug-Free Safety Program that is legally-sound and complies with the requirements necessary to achieve a safer environment as well as premium discounts.
Phase One: Organization or company leaders must first learn the fundamental issues involved in establishing and administering a Drug-Free Safety Program (DFSP) in the state of Ohio. This includes studying the specific legal issues and concerns pertaining to Ohio, as well as learning about chemical dependency assessment and treatment options learning the process of drug and alcohol testing.
Phase Two: Once this information is digested, the organization must roll out and implement the Drug-Free Safety Program to employees, in addition to planning for on-going maintenance. This includes:
- Contracting vendors for drug testing equipment and additional necessary resources
- Establishing systems for administering practices and paperwork
- Making announcements to all personnel
- Training supervisors to perform their role within the program
- Educating employees about the issues, the policy, and available resources for help
- And more…
If you are interested in creating a safer, stronger and more productive working environment for your Ohio business, contact Working Partners® today. We specialize in helping businesses in Ohio establish a Drug-Free Safety Program (DFSP).
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