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How to Establish a Drug-Free Environment in the Workplace

drug-free environment in the workplaceA lot employers these days have already realised how important it is to have a drug-free environment in the workplace. With all the trouble attached to drug-related mishaps and incidents in the workplace, the decision by employers to implement a workplace drug policy is a wise one. Some employers, however, don’t know where to begin just yet. Here are some tips for employers who wish to establish a drug-free environment in the workplace for the first time.

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People’s Views on Random Drug Testing

random drug testingFrom the very start, the idea of random drug testing has always been a divisive one. It has its share of both supporters and critics. Those who advocate say it is the right of the employer to know if any of his or her workers are impaired in the name of workplace health and safety. Its enemies, on the other hand, say random drug testing is a gross violation of a worker’s right to privacy, among other things.

What does the public in general think about random drug testing? We asked some people around for their views on random drug testing, and here are some completely random opinions that we collected.

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Take a Drug Test If You Know You Will Fail?

failed drug testMany employers are now requiring job applicants to undergo a drug test before they can get hired. If you’re one of those jobseekers and you know that you’ll fail the test, should you proceed with taking it? In an article for CareerRealism, J.T. O’Donnell says you shouldn’t, and proceeds to enumerate the reasons why.

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What Does it Mean to Have a Drug Policy in the Workplace?

drug and alcohol policyIf you’re an employer and your business has a clear workplace drug policy in place, good for you. It is, after all, your obligation to ensure that the workplace you’re providing your employees is a healthy and safe one, and a workplace drug policy contributes in a big way to that.

Some employers, however, make the mistake of equating a workplace drug policy with a drug testing policy. A workplace drug policy and a drug-testing policy are not the same thing. Just because you have a drug policy in place doesn’t mean you can just test your employees for drugs anytime you want. So what does having a workplace drug policy really mean?

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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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