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Tennessee drug-free workplaces

Tennessee offers an annual workers' compensation premium discount of 5.0 percent to employers who maintain a certified drug-free workplace. Employee education and supervisor training are required program components.

Employee education requirements

The Tennessee employee drug and alcohol education requirements are listed in the rules of the Tennessee Dept. of Labor. [Opens a new browser tab.] Here is a summary.

Employers must provide at least one-hour of a education for all employees each year. The topics can include, but are not limited to:

  • The addictive disease of substance abuse, such as:
    1. The disease of addiction
    2. Defining use versus abuse
    3. The recovering employee in the workplace
    4. Why people abuse substances
    5. Avoiding relapse in the workplace
    6. The role of the family in addressing substance abuse and addiction
    7. The role of co-workers in addressing substance abuse and addiction
    8. The role of co-workers in maintaining a drug-free workplace
    9. Alcoholics Anonymous: History of the AA Program
  • The effects and dangers of the commonly abused substances in the workplace, such as:
    1. Stress and the workplace
    2. Safety and the workplace
    3. Warning signs
    4. The most commonly abused drugs in the workplace (e.g.; marijuana, cocaine/crack, inhalants, alcohol, opiates, hallucinogens, or prescription drugs, etc.)
    5. The physical and psychological effects related to the abuse of the above drugs, and others
    6. The health and medical risks of substance abuse
    7. Avoiding substance abuse through wellness, exercise, diet, etc.
  • The employer’s policies and procedures regarding workplace substance abuse, and treatment options for employees