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Info to help you maintain a drug-free work environment.


Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Mon, 2012-01-02

Highlights: The Controlled Substances/Alcohol BASIC is one of seven categories that the FMCSA Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program uses to determine how a motor carrier ranks relative to other carriers with a similar number of safety events.

Medical News Today
Thu, 2011-12-29

Highlights: There's nothing worse than that washed out feeling of the morning after one drink too many ... Here are some ideas to keep that nasty hangover head at bay.

Highlights: Studies show that hangovers significantly reduce workplace productivity.

Employer Law Report
Thu, 2011-12-22

Highlights: Under the ADA, employers may not require employees to undergo medical examinations or inquiries unless they are job-related and consistent with business necessity. Unlike tests for illegal drug use, the EEOCs' enforcement guidance considers alcohol tests to be a medical examination under the ADA.

State of California, Office of Traffic Safety
Sat, 2011-11-19

Highlights: Drugs that can affect driving were found in one of every seven weekend nighttime drivers in California, according to the first-ever statewide roadside survey of alcohol and drug use by drivers. The survey results announced today by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) showed more drivers tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.

The Partnership at
Tue, 2011-10-18

Highlights: The costs to society from excessive drinking add up to $2 per drink, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ... Binge drinking means binge spending ... the hangover is being passed on to all of us in the workplace and the health and criminal justice systems.

North County Times - Californian
Wed, 2011-07-20

Highlights: UC San Diego study shows that even at a 0.01 blood alcohol level, a driver is 36 percent more likely to have a serious injury crash.

DFBS note: DOT drug and alcohol regulations do not prevent an employer from establishing a lower BAC threshold for a separate alcohol testing program under its own authority.

Addiction Coalition
Tue, 2011-06-21

Highlights: Drinking even a little bit of alcohol increases the risk of driving accidents, a new study finds. The study shows that the severity of life-threatening motor vehicle accidents increases significantly at blood alcohol levels far lower than the current United States limit of 0.08 percent.

DFBS note: If your workforce spends a lot of time behind the wheel, maybe you consider a blood alcohol testing threshold of 0.04, or even 0.02.

Drunk driving
The Partnership at
Fri, 2011-04-08

DFBS note: Only 1.2 percent of the 7.4 million American adults whose alcohol abuse is untreated think they need help, a new report shows. The survey also found that only 7.8 percent of the nearly 6 million American adults with untreated alcohol dependence, which is more serious than alcohol abuse, realize they need treatment.

Highlights: The majority of people with alcohol problems are employed, which means their actions can affect the safety and productivity of your workplace. Educating your employees about alcohol and drinking might encourage some to get help.

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