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Dealing with Drug and Alcohol Abuse … for Managers and Supervisors – M053E

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It has been estimated that as many as one out of ten workers has a substance abuse problem.
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Alcohol and drug abuse in the workplace costs American businesses almost $200 billion every year.
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Employees who work while they're "under the influence" help create an environment that is safer for everyone to work in.
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The hazards that are associated with using marijuana have decreased since it has been legalized in some states.
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Workers who are substance abusers may "spike" their coffee, soda or other beverages with marijuana.
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OSHA's General Duty Clause requires employers to give random alcohol tests to truck drivers, dispatchers and mechanics with "safety-sensitive" jobs.
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An employer may not terminate an employee who is a substance abuser without giving them a chance to overcome their problem by entering a treatment program.
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Since substance abuse is considered to be a "recognized" hazard under OSHA's General Duty Clause, a manager must ensure that an employee who appears to be using drugs or alcohol does not pose a danger to themselves or others.
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Medical privacy laws can prevent a manager from questioning an employee about medications they may be using.
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A good substance abuse policy should spell out the steps a company will follow when a worker is suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol.