OSHA Revision Addresses Drug Testing in the Workplace
- Oct. 26, 2018
-- 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.https://www.drugaddictionnow.com/2018/10/25/osha-revision-addresses-drug-testing-workplace/