Workplace Drug Testing Addressed by OSHA Revision

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration released a memorandum earlier this month to address protocols that concern drug testing and workplace safety.
OSHA Revision Addresses Drug Testing in the Workplace
OSHA Revision Addresses Drug Testing in the Workplace
WASHINGTON - Oct. 26, 2018 - PRLog -- The Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) released a memorandum earlier this month that clarifies its position on drug testing and other safety measures in the workplace.

The memo addresses a final rule from 2016 called "Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses." Not only does the rule address electronic recordskeeping, it also covers work-related injuries and anti-retaliation protocols.

Critics have voiced their concerns over the memo, stating that it rolls back protections for workers, as well as weakens drug testing regulations, by approaching the subject through a workspace safety compliance perspective.

Other types of legislation that addresses workers rights and drug testing include the American Disabilities Act and the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988.

A study examined Bureau of Labor Statistics. Researchers found that out of 1,405 surveyed companies in 1988, those that did have anti-drug programs generally saw a decrease in workplace injuries that resulted in missed work.

One company that helps potential employees enter addiction treatment is Belden, Inc. If applicants who fail a drug test completes a drug rehab program, they are promised a job.
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