ITD is committed to providing a safe, healthy and drug-free working environment and wants to take this opportunity to remind employees about the importance of working drug free to their safety and that of their co-workers.
Some of the potential risks and hazards of workplace alcohol and drug use are obvious, particularly those related to safety. Alcohol and drug use can seriously impair judgment and coordination, which can lead to workplace accidents, injuries and even death. And a person does not need to be an alcoholic or drug addict to create safety hazards.
For example, someone who still has alcohol in his or her bloodstream from drinking before going on the clock may not be in any condition to work safely. But the problems extend beyond safety. Workplace alcohol and drug use can weaken an organization’s ability to operate productively. It is also associated with lower levels of employee morale – not only that of employees struggling with alcohol or drug problems, but also those who work alongside them.
The key to preventing these problems is for all employees to understand that there is help for those struggling with alcohol and drug problems. If you (or someone you know) are struggling to work drug free, call (800) 662-HELP (800) 662-4357) or visit www.findtreatment.samhsa.gov <http://www.findtreatment.samhsa.gov/> .
Other sources of help are available at www.dol.gov/workingpartners . In addition, ITD’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides confidential, short-term counseling and referral services as a benefit to employees. Its professionally trained counselors can be reached at http://www.bpahealth.com/.