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


Occupational Health and Safety
Mon, 2012-10-01

Highlights: In addition to promoting a safer, more productive workplace, drug testing can help to decrease employee turnover and absenteeism, reduce employer risk, and lower workers' compensation incidence rates, according to Drug Testing Efficacy 2011, a recent poll conducted by The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA).

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Sun, 2012-07-29

Highlights: Over the last four years, some 38,000 would-be truck drivers applying at Schneider National, Inc. have had their hair snipped for a drug test. Of those, 1411 failed. Yet more than 90 percent of those 1,411 applicants were able to pass a urine test.
Mon, 2012-02-13

Highlights: The Defense Department's drug-testing program is expanding to add screening for two additional prescription medications -- hydrocodone and benzodiazepines -- to the range of legal and illegal drugs it currently detects.

Mon, 2012-02-06

Highlights: Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has proposed a wide-ranging mine safety bill that includes a mandatory, random screening program for all mine jobs requiring certification. The random testing should annually screen half of any employer’s certified workforce, the legislation says.

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.

Tue, 2011-12-13

Highlights: Republican Reps. Reid Ribble of Wisconsin and Chuck Fleischmann of Tennessee want DOT to start a pilot program to study whether the federal government should be able to pluck truckers’ hair to test for drugs. The basic premise: It’s too easy to cheat on a urine test.

EHS Today
Wed, 2011-10-12

Highlights: Hydrocodone and oxycodone remain the most detected prescription opiates in the general U.S. work force, and random drug tests for the two drugs find nearly double the positives for employees than are found in pre-employment screenings.

DFBS note: Have you communicated to your employees the health and safety risks, and employment consequences, of abusing prescription narcotics?

The Partnership at
Tue, 2011-09-06

Highlights: A study of workplace drug-screening tests finds methamphetamine use is higher among workers in Western states.

The Partnership at
Fri, 2011-08-26

Highlights: A new law allows school bus companies with a reasonable suspicion that one of its drivers is under the influence of drugs or alcohol to require testing before the driver can resume operating a school bus.

DFBS note: Sounds like a pretty good idea to us.

The Journal of Global Drug Policy and Practice
Mon, 2010-11-01

Highlights: Examines the the evolution of drug-free workplace programs with drug testing as a cornerstone of such programs and explores the cost/benefit ratio to such programs.

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