Drug-Free Workplace Program Eligibility & Incentives

Drug-free workplaces are a great way to boost your business. However, did you also know that maintaining a drug-free workplace can bring financial incentives?

The Drug-Free Act of 1998

In 1998, Congress took notice of the advantage of drug-free workplaces and the harm of substance abuse on individuals and organizations alike. The act notes that

“74 percent of adults who use illegal drugs are employed… and employees who use and abuse addictive illegal drugs and alcohol increase costs for businesses and risk the health and safety of all employees.”

Eligible Drug-Free Workplace Programs

In order for an organization to be eligible to participate in a drug-free program, Congress mandated that drug-free workplaces have the following steps in place:

  1. A written policy, including a clear statement of expectations for workplace behavior, prohibitions against reporting to work or working under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol, prohibitions against the use or possession of illegal drugs in the workplace, and the consequences of violating those expectations and prohibitions.
  2. Drug and alcohol abuse prevention training for a total of not less than 2 hours for each employee and additional voluntary drug and alcohol abuse prevention training for employees who are parents.
  3. Employee illegal drug testing, with analysis conducted by a drug testing laboratory certified by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, or approved by the College of American Pathologists for forensic drug testing, and a review of each positive test result by a medical review officer.
  4. Employee access to an employee drug assistance program, including confidential assessment, referral, and short-term problem resolution.
  5. Continuing alcohol and drug abuse prevention education.

Incentives for Drug-Free Workplaces

“Grants and technical assistance in addition to financial incentives (may be provided) to enable small business concerns to create a drug-free workplace; assist working parents in keeping their children drug-free, and encourage small business employers and employees alike to participate in drug-free workplace programs.”

  • reduction in workers’ compensation premiums
  • reduction in unemployment insurance premiums
  • tax deductions equal to the amount of expenditures for employee assistance programs, treatment, or drug testing

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