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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.

Supervisor training requirements

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

Supervisors must receive at least two hours of workplace substance abuse recognition training each year, in addition to one hour of employee education, for a total of three hours of training annually. The two-hour requirement can be completed in one session or in two one-hour sessions on different dates.

Supervisor training should include:

  • Recognizing signs of employee substance abuse in the workplace
  • Documenting and corroborating signs of substance abuse
  • Referring substance abusing employees providers for treatment

Supervisor training topics can include but are not limited to:

  1. Legal aspects of “reasonable suspicion” employee testing for drug and alcohol: building and establishing through observation and measurement
  2. Legal aspects regarding EAP and/or substance abuse treatment referrals: Supervisor referral, voluntary/self referral, last chance agreement
  3. How to recognize signs of employee substance abuse
  4. How to refer substance abusing employees to proper treatment providers
  5. How family problems can affect an employee’s performance
  6. How to interview and detect potential workplace substance abusers
  7. When and if to test. When and how to intervene and confront potential workplace substance abusers
  8. Conducting the performance review
  9. Using positive peer pressure and management to gain support for mutual goals

Employers may be creative in conducting employee and supervisor education and training. They can use speakers, workshops, videos, written material, and in-house supervisors that have been trained to train employees and supervisors on workplace substance abuse.