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Drug-Free Workplace May Earn Workers Compensation Discounts

April 4, 2010 in Employee Drug Testing Information

If you are like many small business owners then chances are Workers Compensation premiums are an ever growing portion of your expenditures. As the rate of all insurance, including Workers Comp,continues to increase, business owners are searching for ways to reduce costs while providing benefits. One promising area frequently overlooked by small business owners is creating a Drug Free Workplace.

In order promote the adoption of formalized Drug Free work zones, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) encourage small business owners to develop a drug-free workplace program including drug testing, pre-employment screening and other employee drug testing, education and training policies.  The DOL programs are not invasive and do not require small business owners to become certified or require regulatory oversight to participate. The programs can be customized to fit the needs of each employer.

Many states reward Drug Free workplace participants through discounts on Workers Compensation premium in addition to the typically recognized reduction in accidents and illness routinely recognized by a drug free workforce.  Others may require certification before receiving the full Workers Comp discount.

The rewards go beyond reducing Workers Compensation premiums: Recent research conducted by the University of Florida demonstrate positive outcomes for employee drug testing  including improved safety, more positive employee morale, increased productivity and profitability.

Its clear , whether implementing an employee drug testing program or a full Drug Free workplace campaign, small business owners and employees benefit!

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