Your Go-To Expert
Figment Group is your go-to expert to create a customized substance abuse policy. Most drug-free workplace policies need revision to meet new guidelines and laws. Figment Group can build your company’s policy from the ground up, or we will review your current policy for compliance.
Every Drug-Free Workplace Program, regulated or non-regulated, begins with the development of a defensible policy, which is the critical document for implementing your program. Every organization’s policy should be unique and tailored to meet its specific needs; however all effective policies have a few aspects in common:
- Why the policy is being implemented. To create a safer workplace, to support employees who may have a substance problem but to hold them reasonably accountable and to protect the large majority of employees who don’t have a problem;
- Clear description of prohibited behaviors. At a minimum, the policy should include: “The use, possession, transfer or sale of illegal drugs by employees is prohibited.”
- An explanation of the consequences for violating the policy. Include discipline up to and including termination and/or referral for assistance. Consequences should be consistent with existing personnel policies and procedures and any applicable state and federal laws.
Your Written Policy Serves As an Operational Handbook
When done correctly, this document is now used to guide program implementation and evaluation. All contingencies will already have been considered when/if an incident occurs that needs to be addressed without delay. It is also helpful to have a procedure to guide supervisors as needed so that their actions are not effected by emotion, and all staff must be educated regarding how a situation should be handled. Operating “by the book” and following the written policy allows everyone to be dealt with on an objective, uniform basis, without negating compassion and consideration.
It pays to ensure your company has a comprehensive substance abuse policy that stays compliant and current with DOT regulations and state laws. It is your #1 defense against substance abusers who use health insurance and worker’s compensation at a rate of up to eight times the national average.
Additionally, Figment Group continues to keep your company or your collection site current and up-to-date on changes to laws and regulations that impact substance abuse testing. You can be rest assured that we either know the answers or can find the answers that nobody else can.