Substance abuse on the job threatens the health and safety of employees, customers, clients, and the public, and costs businesses money in workers’ compensation claims, lost productivity, and more.
The main objective of this course is to teach employees the impact of substance abuse in the workplace, how to recognize a substance abuse problem, and what to do about a substance abuse issue.
By the end of the training, you will be able to identify the safety hazards of substance abuse in the workplace, describe the effects of the most commonly abused substances and identify the signs that someone may be under their influence, recognize the business impact of substance abuse, identify and follow the laws and company policies that apply to workplace drug and alcohol use, recognize the signs of a substance abuse problem, and take appropriate action if you or a coworker shows signs of substance abuse.
Why “Substance Abuse in the Workplace: What Employees Need to Know” Matters:
- • According to the National Institutes of Health, about 1 in 3 people in the United States have an alcohol use disorder at some point in their lives, and about 1 in 10 have had a drug use disorder.
• According to the National Safety Council, 3 in 4 people currently struggling with substance abuse are employed.
• Employees with a substance abuse problem are more likely to have an accident on the job, make more errors in their work, take more sick days, and are less productive than their coworkers.
• Substance abuse threatens your safety as well as the safety of your coworkers.
• Drugs and alcohol can affect vision, coordination, concentration, judgment, memory, and many other qualities you need to do your job well and safely.
• Company policies prohibit using drugs or alcohol on the job and working under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
• If you believe a coworker is intoxicated on the job, report it to your supervisor or HR immediately.
• There are resources available to help with substance abuse issues. If you are struggling with substance abuse, ask for help sooner rather than later.