BECOME A DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE

PREVENT SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND SAVE 5% – 10% ON WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION INSURANCE

The Council on Alcohol and Drugs is a 48-year-old nonprofit, 501(c)3 substance abuse prevention and education agency that develops programs and materials based on the most current research on drug use and its impact on the community. 

FMCSAFETY assists clients in completing the process to become a Drug-Free Workplace and implementing the Drug-Free program.

What is a “Drug-Free Workplace?”
It is an employment setting where all employees adhere to a program of policies and activities designed to provide a safe workplace, discourage alcohol and drug abuse, and encourage treatment, recovery and the return to work of those employees with such abuse problems. The intent of the program is to educate adults on the problems relating to substance abuse. The one place where there can be mandated adult education is the workplace. This empowers the individual and the family, resulting in stronger communities.

Why Should an Employer Establish a Comprehensive DrugFree Workplace Program?
Current research indicates that nearly 77% of illegal drug users are employed in full and part-time jobs. Consequently, when the effects of alcohol abuse are added, the result is a large impaired segment of the national workforce. For the typical employer, that means unhealthy employees, unsafe working conditions, loss of productivity, smaller profits, more accidents, higher medical claims expenses, and a host of other negative effects for the employer and the employees.

Small and medium-sized firms employ 80% of the U.S. workforce where drug testing policies & programs are not in place.  Absenteeism, increased healthcare costs, and decreased productivity due to alcohol and other substance abuse costs your company $1,000 per employee per year!

You can minimize the chance of having a significant job performance problem in the workplace, and in the process support a better quality of life for your employees, by implementing a drug-free workplace program in your company.  It will reinforce the message to your employees and customers that a positive work environment is a high priority.  FMCSAFETY can provide you and your company with information and support to ensure your certification as a drug-free workplace.

All aspects of society are harmed by illicit drug use; however, the American workplace is especially impacted.  Business owners lose an estimated $160 billion per year because of drug use.  Business owners can expect to pay thousands of dollars more per year to employ a worker who uses illicit drugs than to employ a worker who is drug free.

SELECT YOUR STATE BELOW TO SEE HOW MUCH YOU WILL SAVE ON WORKMANS’ COMP INSURANCE

ALABAMA

Alabama codes §25-5-330 through §25-5-340 (1995) provide a 5% discount to employers that establish a drug-free workplace in compliance with the act.

ARKANSAS

According to code §11-14-101-112 (1999), employers with drug-free workplace programs may qualify for a 5% discount on workers’ compensation premiums.

FLORIDA

State code §440.102 (1990) provides a 5% reduction in premiums to employers that implement and maintain an insurer-certified drug-free workplace program in accordance with the standards set forth in the Act.

GEORGIA

§33-9-40.2 & §34-9-412 provides a 7.5% discount on workers compensation premiums to employers that have implemented a drug-free workplace program that is certified by the state Board of Workers’ Compensation. Employers must submit their certificate to their insurer annually.

IDAHO

Sections 72-1701 through 72-1716 of the Idaho code provide that public employers who conduct drug and alcohol testing of all current and prospective employees shall qualify for and may be granted an employer Workers’ Compensation premium reduction.

KENTUCKY

State regulations 803 KAR 25.280 (2008) allow employers that implement a drug-free workplace program a 5% reduction of their insurance premium.

MISSISSIPPI

Under Mississippi Code, Sections 71-3-201 through 71-3-225, employers that establish a drug-free workplace program may submit an application to their insurer for a 5% reduction in their workers’ compensation premium.

OHIO

Program established via O.A.C. 4123-17-58. Employers may enroll in the Drug-Free Safety Program offered by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. Employers that fulfill the requirements may receive a discount of 4-7% on their workers compensation premium.

NEW YORK

Part 60 of Sect. 134 of WC (2007) created the Workplace Safety and Loss Prevention Incentive Program. Employers with an experience modifier of less than 1.30 and an annual WC premium of at least $5,000 are eligible for a voluntary program. They may receive a separate credit (typically 2%) for each of the following: safety, return-to-work, and drug and alcohol prevention.

SOUTH CAROLINA

§38-73-500 (1997) provides 5% discount on workers compensation premiums to employers that voluntarily establish a drug-free workplace program.

TENNESSEE

State codes §50-9-101 to §50-9-114 (1997) provide a 5% discount on premiums if employers establish a drug-free workplace program as outlined in the law.

VIRGINIA

§65.2-813.2 (1997) provides a 5% premium discount for employers who institute a drug-free workplace program. The program must satisfy requirements established by the insurer.

WYOMING

Under §27-14-201, employers that implement a drug-testing program may qualify for a base rate discount up to 10%. This program is offered by the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services.