Workplace Drug Policies

Is your company in search of a workplace drug testing program or do you need help developing one? Goat Moves Drug Testing offers employer programs for drug and alcohol testing, drug-free workplace policy development and consulting services for small and large companies across the United States. Our employer drug testing programs are designed to be in compliance with Federal and State laws and to reduce the employer’s exposure to liability.

Substance abuse in the workplace is not only unsafe, it can also cost your company a lot of money, whether it be from workman comp claims, excessive absenteeism or increased health care costs. By implementing a drug free workplace policy, you are protecting your employees and your business.

Learn more about how we can help you create a comprehensive workplace drug testing program. Call 818-869-8878 or contact us for an employer drug testing account.

Non-DOT Policy
State Specific Drug Free Workplace Policy
DOT FAA Policy

Drug Free Programs Can Assist with Denying Workers Comp Claims

Have you heard of the intoxication defense and your ability to possibly deny a workers’ comp claim? If you can deny a workers’ comp claim will this save you money?

In every State there are either statutes or court decisions that have denied benefits for injuries caused by a claimant’s intoxication at the time of the injury.The intoxication defense in most states (except Arizona) requires proof of two things:

1) Proof of intoxication

2) Proof that the intoxication “caused” the injury

In some states one or both of these 2 steps may be “presumed” if a positive test was conducted per state rules or if the employee refused to test. This results in a statutory “intoxication” defense to a worker’s compensation claim, thus denial of the claim. Hundreds, thousands and sometimes even millions of dollars in legal fees saved!

Your drug free workplace policy at a minimum will include:

  • Rationale (e.g., laws, regulations, organizational goals)
  • Rationale (e.g., laws, regulations, organizational goals)
  • Expectations for compliance (e.g., who, what, when, where)
  • Options offered for assistance (e.g., an EAP, community resources)
  • Consequences for violating the policy (e.g., discipline, referral for assistance, termination)

Why Do Employers Want a Drug Testing Program?

If it’s not usually required, why do employers drug test? As we’ve discussed above, here are the most important reasons:

Workers’ compensation discounts. Many states offer employers a discount on their workers’ compensation insurance premiums if they take certain steps to maintain a drug-free workplace, which may include testing job applicants. Even if your state does not offer a workers’ compensation discount, Goat Moves Drug Testing can still show you how to save money on workers’ compensation insurance.

Avoid legal liability. Employees under the influence of drugs can cause accidents and damage to property. If an intoxicated employee harms someone on the job, the employer could be legally liable for those injuries. Workplace drug and alcohol use may also violate OSHA and state occupational safety laws.

Maintain productivity and save money. Folks using drugs cost you money. Goat Moves Drug Testing can show you the ROI on a drug-testing program. The Federal Government has stated that drug and alcohol use negatively affects American workplaces. Problems from drug and alcohol misuse and abuse cost over $80 billion in lost productivity each year. Employees who misuse drugs are three times more likely to be late showing up to work; they are more than three-and-a-half times more likely to be involved in a accident at work, and five times more likely to make a workers’ compensation claim.

SAFETY – it cannot be overemphasized; your workplace is a safer workplace with a drug free workplace.

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