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Why Workplace Safety Programs and Wellness Initiatives Should Go Together

fun in the workplaceEmployers know and understand that their company’s most valuable assets are their workers, and that is why they are doing everything they can to keep them safe and healthy by implementing workplace health and safety programs, as well as wellness initiatives. However, as they stand today, these programs operate independently of each other, even though they exist primarily to keep everyone on the workforce healthy and safe.

It is the opinion of many that workplace safety programs and wellness initiatives should go together, and here’s why.

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Can You Fire An Employee Who Failed A Marijuana Drug Test?

With 23 U.S. states legalising medical marijuana, the foremost question in the minds of employers across the United States is: can you fire a worker who failed a marijuana drug test? The whole marijuana legalisation thing has certainly made things more complicated for employers with operations in the states where medical marijuana has been declared legal. Many of them have been wondering how these changes affect their own workplace drug policies.

Admittedly, this can be confusing, but what U.S. employers need to do is to be aware of certain facts about marijuana in general and its legalisation.

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Everything You Need To Know About Prescription Stimulants

prescription stimulantsPrescription stimulants are typically prescribed by doctors for children who are suffering from ADHD. However, there are some grownups who use these drugs when they have a deadline to meet that’s fast approaching — but are nowhere near to finishing it on time. Some people might say that this is a logical move because these prescription stimulants do live up to their name. They can keep users up and about for a longer time than usual.

However, before gladly jumping on the bandwagon so you can forgo some sleep to beat any deadline you’re up against, there are a number of things you need to know about prescription stimulants.

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Random Drug and Alcohol Testing For Narrabri Shire Council

random drug testingThe Narrabri Shire Council has started implementing random drug and alcohol testing for its employees, contractors, and volunteers, according to an article in The Courier.

The random drug testing program is part of the workplace health and safety program of the council. Headed by General Manager Diane Hood, the random drug testing kicked off with Ms. Hood volunteering to the be the first one tested. (more…)

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NY Town Establishes Workplace Violence Committee

workplace violence committeeA small town in the State of New York has established a Workplace Violence Committee in keeping with the requirements of the State Department of Labor’s Public Employee Safety and Health Bureau, according to an article in the Press Republican.

The committee, which is made up of a diverse mix of town employees, will deal with workplace issues that include workplace violence, alcohol and drug use, accident prevention and emergency action, sexual harassment, and fire prevention. (more…)

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How Reliable are Hair Drug Tests?

hair drug testWhen implementing a workplace drug testing program, employers have a variety of testing methods to choose from. Hair drug testing is one of them, along with urine and saliva tests. At present, urine drug testing is proving to be the popular choice among employers. However, some are choosing hair drug testing for the purpose, and for good reason. Hair drug testing is perhaps the least invasive of all common drug testing methods. It is a simple and painless testing method that is not likely to elicit complaints from employees. The question, however, is this: how reliable are hair drug tests?

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Why The Popularity Of Workplace Drug Testing Is On The Rise

workplace drug testingWhen it was first introduced, the idea of workplace drug testing was not a very popular one. Many sectors of society opposed it, mainly arguing that they violate a worker’s right to privacy. However, that hasn’t deterred many employers from including workplace drug testing programs into their drug and alcohol policies. Today, many employers routinely test their workforce for drug use and abuse. Workplace drug testing is gradually becoming popular, and here are some of the reasons why.

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Combating Drugs in the Oilfield

drugs in the oilfieldWorking in an oilfield is a profession that’s hazardous enough all by itself. Add drugs and alcohol to the mix and you have a pretty dicey situation on hand. The authorities of Greeley in Colorado, USA understand this only too well, and are now aggressively combating drugs in the oilfield, according to an article by Sharon Dunn for The Tribune.

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