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  • 08 ppt-substance abuse-final

    1. 1. Identifying and Responding to Substance Abuse in the Workplace Training for Supervisors Presentation Subtitle/Description • Presenter’s Name • Date
    2. 2. IntroductionSubstance abuse in the workplace results in absenteeism,diminished productivity, on-the-job injuries and potentialcompany liability. According to the National Institute of Health(NIH), the annual cost of alcoholism and drug addiction to U.S.businesses is approximately $120 billion, which is more than theproductivity loss due to heart disease, diabetes and strokecombined. To help lower these costs, it is important foremployers to train their supervisors on how to identify andrespond to substance abuse in the workplace.This sample presentation is intended for presentation tomanagement. It covers both alcohol and illegal drug abuse. It isdesigned to be presented by an individual who is knowledgeablein the area of substance abuse, safety & health as well asemployee and labor relations. This is a sample presentation thatmust be customized to match the company’s policies,procedures, state and federal laws, collective bargainingagreements (if applicable) and culture. ©SHRM 2008 2
    3. 3. ObjectivesAt the end of this presentation, you will be able to: • State the importance of identifying and responding to substance abuse in the workplace. • Cite federal and state laws pertaining to substance abuse in the workplace. • List warning signs of substance abuse. • Cite important components of our substance abuse policy. • Describe the role of the supervisor in identifying and responding to substance abuse. ©SHRM 2008 3
    4. 4. Importance of Identifying and Responding to Substance Abuse in the Workplace As noted in the introduction to this presentation, the annual combined cost of alcoholism and drug addiction to U.S. businesses is approximately $120 billion, which is more than the productivity loss attributable to heart disease, diabetes and stroke combined.(1) Twelve percent of full-time employees acknowledged either having used an illicit drug or having had five or more drinks at a time five or more times, or both, in the previous month.(2)1 .Source: National Institutes of Health. Disease-Specific Estimates of Direct and Indirect Costs of Illness and NIH Update. Department ofHealth and Human Services, 1997.2 .Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The NHSDA Report. National Household Survey on DrugAbuse, 2001. ©SHRM 2008 4
    5. 5. Importance of Identifying and Responding to Substance Abuse in the Workplace (cont’d)Identifying and responding to substance abuse:• Helps prevent the hiring of illegal substance abusers when pre- employment drug testing is required.• Helps deter current employees from on-the-job substance abuse.• Provides assistance in helping employees recover from abuse.• Provides a safer workplace for all employees and customers.• Reduces workers compensation premiums. ©SHRM 2008 5
    6. 6. Questions? Comments?©SHRM 2008 6
    7. 7. Federal and State Laws on Substance AbuseUnder the ADA, alcoholism is a disability, but alcoholic employees may be held to the same standards as other employees, even if unsatisfactory performance is caused by the alcoholism.Neither the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) nor the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 protect current users of illegal drugs.Absences due to substance abuse may be covered under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) if the abuse constitutes a serious health condition which includes: • Any period of incapacity or treatment connected to inpatient care such as substance abuse treatment; or • Continuing treatment by a healthcare provider, which includes any period of incapacity (i.e., inability to work) due to a health condition lasting more than 3 consecutive days (including treatment thereof, or recovery from) and any subsequent treatment or period of incapacity relating to the same condition. ©SHRM 2008 7
    8. 8. Federal and State Laws on Substance Abuse (cont’d))Under medical privacy provisions of the Health InsurancePortability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), an employer maynot: • Obtain, use or share any information maintained by group health plan in connection with employment-related functions (such as drug testing). • Continue to collect and use health information in connection with such programs. Under HIPAA Medical Privacy Rules, it is important to have firewalls between employees who administer group health plan and employees who are involved in employment- related functions. ©SHRM 2008 8
    9. 9. Federal and State Laws on Substance Abuse (cont’d)Specifically on substance abuse testing:• No comprehensive federal law regulates or prohibits testing by private employers. State and local statutes may limit or prohibit workplace testing.• However, the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991 requires drug and alcohol testing of safety-sensitive transportation employees in aviation, trucking, railroads, mass transit, pipelines and other transportation industries.• The federal Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 applies to federal contractors. ©SHRM 2008 9
    10. 10. Group Discussion: Federal and State Laws on Substance AbuseWhat federal laws pertain to substance abuse in the workplace?Are there privacy concerns related to substance abuse testing?How does the ADA pertain to substance abuse?How is substance abuse handled under FMLA? ©SHRM 2008 10
    11. 11. Warning Signs of Substance AbuseTypical warning signs of substance abuse at work are listed below. No one sign should be taken as an indication of substance abuse. Some or all signs could be indicative of a problem and could constitute grounds for testing based upon reasonable suspicion. A supervisor needs to discuss his/her observations with HR before approaching or confronting an employee. • Personal Appearance – disheveled appearance, unsteady gait, slurred speech, bloodshot or glazed eyes, odor of alcohol on breath. • Dependability - Monday/Friday absence pattern; increased tardiness or failure to call in, frequent absences from work area; missed deadlines. ©SHRM 2008 11
    12. 12. Warning Signs of Substance Abuse (cont’d)• Declining Quality of Work:- Increased errors, work frequently needs to be redone, inability to understand, follow through on complex assignments, inability to carry out instructions, low productivity.• Declining Attitude - Uncooperative; increased conflicts with co- workers, customers, appears nervous, distracted, quick to anger. Exhibits signs of paranoia such as blaming others.• Judgment - Illogical reasons for decisions, violates policies and procedures; takes inappropriate risk; inattentive to safety procedures. ©SHRM 2008 12
    13. 13. Important Components of our Substance Abuse Policy(Provide copies of your policy to all attendees and review all ormost important components. The following slides are based ona standard substance abuse policy. You will want to review andrevise these to match your own policy or you may replace theseslides with the most important parts of your own policy.) ©SHRM 2008 13
    14. 14. Important Components of our Substance Abuse Policy (cont’d)The following are important components of our substance abuse policy:[Company Name] strictly prohibits the using, possessing, buying, selling, manufacturing or dispensing an illegal drug and being under the influence of alcohol at work Employees found to be in violation of our substance abuse policy will be subject to disciplinary action, including termination of employmentViolations of the policy may also constitute an illegal activity that may result in the employee’s arrest and prosecution.The company provides counseling services through our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) or employees seeking substance abuse assistance. ©SHRM 2008 14
    15. 15. Important Components of our Substance Abuse Policy (cont’d)Substance abuse testing includes:• Pre-employment drug testing for applicants considered for work in safety-sensitive positions.• Illegal drug and alcohol testing based upon reasonable suspicion – This includes testing “for cause" (i.e., post accident)” and may also be required based on behavior, appearance, and performance. (This testing must be recommended by the immediate supervisor and approved by Human Resources.)• Random testing - Employees are chosen at random by Human Resources for testing on a quarterly basis.• Retesting for applicants or current employees who request retesting after a positive test. The cost of a retest which confirms the first test will be covered by the applicant or employee. ©SHRM 2008 15
    16. 16. Role of the Supervisor in Identifying and Responding to Substance Abuse in the Workplace• Talk to the employee about our substance abuse policy.• Keep track of employee work performance and document any change.• Discuss with the employee specifics of unsatisfactory job performance, communicate expectations and discuss consequences. At this stage, do not make accusations of drug or alcohol abuse specifically as this could violate the ADA.• Following our policy, if there are obvious signs of substance abuse, discuss observations with HR, and consider sending the employee for testing.• Follow up with appropriate support such as a referral to the Employee Assistance Plan (EAP). Have the EAP maintain contact with the employee and request documentation of meeting attendance. (Most treatment programs will provide written verification of aftercare attendance, as long as the employee has signed a release.) ©SHRM 2008 16
    17. 17. Group Discussion: Warning Signs of Substance Abuse, Important Components of our Policy, and the Role of the SupervisorWhat are some warning signs of a possible substance abuse problem?What are some of the important components of our policy?What should a supervisor do if he/she suspects substance abuse?What is the role of the supervisor in responding to substance abuse? ©SHRM 2008 17
    18. 18. SummaryIt is important to identify and respond to substance abuse in theworkplace because of the high costs of illegal drug andalcoholism-related absenteeism, lost productivity, andworkplace injuries. In addition, identifying and responding toworkplace substance abuse helps employees who are trying torecover from addiction and provides a safer workplace foremployees and customers.Federal laws with provisions pertaining to workplace substanceabuse are the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family andMedical Leave Act, and the HIPAA Medical Privacy Rule. Lawspertaining to substance abuse are Omnibus TransportationEmployee Testing Act for safety-sensitive transportationemployees and the Drug Free Workplace Act for federalcontractors. State and local statutes may limit or prohibitworkplace testing. ©SHRM 2008 18
    19. 19. Summary (cont’d)Warning signs of substance abuse include changes in anemployee’s personal appearance and declining dependability,quality of work, attitude, and judgment.Important components or our substance abuse includeprohibitions, disciplinary action for violations, and counselingservices through our EAP.Supervisor responsibilities include communicating our policy,tracking employee work performance, documenting anddiscussing changes with employees, discussing any suspicionsof substance abuse with HR, assisting with disciplinary action,and following up with a referral to the Employee AssistancePlan. ©SHRM 2008 19
    20. 20. Course EvaluationPlease be sure to complete and leave the evaluation sheet youreceived with your handouts.Thank you for your attention and interest! ©SHRM 2008 20
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