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Georgia drug-free workplaces

Georgia offers an annual workers' compensation premium discount of 7.5 percent to employers who establish and maintain a certified drug-free workplace.

Education and training requirements

Initial and ongoing employee education and supervisor training are required components of a certified Georgia drug-free workplace.

Employee education

The Georgia employee drug and alcohol education requirements are listed in O.C.G.A. §34-9-417 [Opens a new browser tab]. Here is a summary.

During the initial year of certification, an employer must provide semiannual employee education on substance abuse and its effects on the workplace. The first hour of education must include:

  • An explanation of the disease model of addiction for alcohol and drugs
  • The effects and dangers of commonly abused substances in the workplace
  • The company's policies and procedures regarding workplace substance abuse, and how employees can obtain substance abuse treatment

During the second and consecutive subsequent years of certification, an employer must provide annual employee education.

Supervisor training

The Georgia supervisor drug and alcohol education requirements are listed in O.C.G.A. §34-9-418 [Opens a new browser tab]. Here is a summary.

During the initial year of certification, an employer must provide all supervisors with at least two hours of supervisor training, which must include:

  • How to recognize the signs of employee substance abuse
  • How to document and corroborate signs of employee substance abuse, and
  • How to refer substance abusing employees to the proper treatment providers

During the second and consecutive subsequent years of certification, an employer must provide at least one hour of supervisor training