Drug and Alcohol-Free Workplace Overview
Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 (Public Law 100-690)
National Institute on Drug Abuse
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
Al-Anon Family Groups
As a result of completing this overview, the learner will be able to identify issues created by drug and alcohol use in the workplace and gain additional information on signs and symptoms, best practices for internal reporting, and federal requirements for a Drug-Free Workplace program.
Typical Warning Signs of Drug or Alcohol Problem
Slow Reactions, Unsteadiness, Confusion
Absenteeism and Tardiness
Federal Requirements for a Drug-Free Workplace Program
The federally contracted employer must publish a statement that notifies all employees regarding company policy, and that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of a controlled substance is prohibited in the workplace.
Drug-Free Awareness Program
The employer will sustain a drug-free awareness program to inform employees about the dangers caused by drug abuse in the workplace, policy and activities that will be used to maintain a drug-free workplace, and the types of services available like drug counseling, rehabilitation, and employee assistance programs, etc.
Copy of the Policy Statement
Each individual who is employed as a result of a government contract is required to have a copy of the company Drug-Free Workplace statement.
Condition of Employment
The federal guideline requires federally contracted employers to give each employee a written statement explaining that in order to maintain employment, employees must abide by the terms of the company program.
Notify Contracting Officer
The employer is responsible for notifying the government contracting officer within 10 calendar days after learning about an employee’s conviction.
The Drug-Free Workplace Act requires a specific action when there are convictions for drug abuse in the workplace.