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Drug-Free Workplace Program Consultation

Does a Company have to test their employees? No!

Some employers believe that a drug-free workplace program and drug testing are the same. In fact, drug testing is only one possible component of a drug-free workplace program.  A careful assessment can show which program options offer clear advantages and are affordable and which ones are not needed at this time.

Drug testing has its place and can be helpful. It can also be a source of controversy, anxiety, and concern among employers and employees. A successful drug testing program requires careful planning, consistently applied procedures, strict confidentiality, and provisions for appeal.

What are the benefits of a Drug-Free Workplace?

let's consider the statistics

Use Illicit Drugs
Binge/heavy drinkers
Alchol or Drug use in industrial injuries
of adults working full-time are heavy drinkers
of adults know someone who has reported for work under the influence
of employees know of the illegal sale of drugs in the workplace
Alchol or Drug use in industrial deaths
of compensation claims are related to alchol abuse
full-time
part-time
Unemployed
Not in labor force

Some facts about drug/Alcohol abuse in the workforce

  • The most common illicit drugs abused on the job are Marijuana and Cocaine.
  • On average, each substance using employee costs his or her employer $7,000 per year. (Small Business Administration)
  • Employees who abuse substances work at only two-thirds of their productivity. (American Council for Drug Education as cited by SummitHoldings.com)
  • Substance abusers are absent 16 times more often than other workers – causing lost productivity and overwork of non-abusing employees and higher replacement costs. (SAMHSA Worker Substance Use and Workplace Policies and Programs)
  • Substance abusers use three times the normal level of employee health benefits and incur 300% higher medical costs. (U.S. Department of Labor)
  • Substance abusers are 10 times more likely to steal from the company or from other employees. (Research Triangle Institute, National Institute on Drug Abuse and National Health and Safety News, 1986)
  • Drug-using employees are 5 times more likely to file a workers’ compensation claim. (National Institute on Drug Abuse)

Discounts

An Indiana employer can receive up to a 5% discount on workers compensation insurance premium if it has a drug free workplace program.  In 1999, Indiana Law added Drug-Free Workplace Programming as a cost-saving tool for insurance underwriters to consider when determining your workers’ compensation premium.

Other states offer discounts up to 20%—check with your workers’ compensation insurance policy underwriter (not your insurance representative) to learn more.

Are You an Employer of Choice?

Any workplace that is not drug-free is more likely to be the “employer-of-choice” for drug and alcohol abusers. Individuals within your community who cannot adhere to a drug-free workplace policy will look for employment at organizations that do NOT test. In addition to all of the other health, safety, and security risks that can arise, no employer wants to be the “employer of choice” for people who abuse  drugs.

We will customize a Drug-Free Workplace Program that is all-inclusive or less-inclusive depending upon your organization’s goals. Our training sessions are made-to-order and are available both on-site and online, with a version for employees and for supervisors.

How easy is it to implement a drug-free workplace program?

Its Affordable
Even the smallest organization with minimal resources can support a drug-free-workplace.
It’s turnkey
Customization, promotion, implementation, training and follow-up
It’s employee-focused
Employee, Parent and Supervisor Training
It has content
Complete with a human resource tool kit with forms and templates

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1 in 10 americans abuse drugs

You can help your community by spreading the word about the importance of managing drug and alcohol misuse in the workplace and our community. Stand up, and help our community fight back against the negative effects of drug and alcohol misuse—-like increased drug trafficking, absenteeism, accidents, turnover, and other negative work behaviors.

frequently asked questions

Because we care!  Our caring fosters loyalty and integrity which are key reasons why we’ve become a familiar, trusted and dependable advisor to our clients, many of whom we’ve served from the first day we opened our doors.  At Figment Group, we work with clients who want to work with professionals who appreciate that we care and are focused on handling compliance details the way it should be:  easy, affordable, hassle-free.  Choosing Figment Group, our clients receive the best possible combination of regulatory, drug-free workplace, safety and human resource expertise to manage any workforce challenge.

We care about safe and efficient workplaces that care about adhering to DOT regulations and Drug-Free Workplace laws.  We make compliance your ally, not your opponent.  It’s our innovative and total management approach to complex compliance issues that makes the difference.

We are focused on up-to-minute changes in DOT regulations and Drug-Free Workplace laws.  We are your single source and go-to consulting and training resource when your safety compliance is in jeopardy or you are simply seeking answers to a regulation question.  We are the single source of knowledge that ensures your company will be 100% compliant, 100% of the time.  We make compliance easy!

We cover all six divisions of the DOT (USCG, FMCSA, FTA, FRA, FAA and PHMSA) as well as 15 non-regulated industries including non-profits.  It is our qualified team of experts with the technical and hands-on experience in a variety of industrial settings, laboratories, DOT compliance, safety, and Drug-Free Workplace consulting that lets us rise above the rest.  Additionally, we train urine collectors and breath alcohol technicians, train-the-trainers, and audit testing facilities.

Fast in-house or on-site testing, with 24-hour turnaround for results, including an encrypted, secure, confidential on-line Medical Review Officer (MRO) report. That’s important when you are waiting on Pre-employment test results.  Our MRO and Laboratory meet strict procedural and training standards to ensure the highest quality performance.

Our master trainers and safety auditors are positioned to offer either on-site or on-line training to suit your needs.  Figment Group offers a full-spectrum of DOT training covering Department of Transportation regulations and requirements, Drug-Free Workplace training, urine collector training, and breath alcohol technician training.

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