Leadership, Human Resources, Risk & Compliance, Employee Health Management, Safety Management
Over the last few decades, workplace drug-testing policies have evolved to serve a dual purpose of protecting the health, safety, and welfare of both employees and the general public. This is especially critical in certain industries, such as manufacturing, where an impaired employee creates substantial public health and safety risk.
Studies suggest that substance abuse – which includes drugs and alcohol – costs the United States an estimated $276 billion a year, with much of the cost resulting from lost work productivity and increased healthcare spending. The human cost of substance abuse is much higher, especially when coupled with safety-sensitive jobs that present a risk to public safety.
Leadership, Human Resources, Employee Relations, Employee Engagement, Risk & Compliance, Employee Health Management, Employee Wellness, Safety Management, Employee Safety
Evidence shows that good physical condition, good mental health, and an absence of chronic illness correlate to low injury rates. Programs aimed at prevention, early detection, and managing conditions also improve safety. However, a growing body of research has found that companies that integrate health, wellness, safety, and benefits in a holistic approach can improve health, decrease injuries, and improve productivity by building a culture of workforce resilience.
Brief commentary on workers' compensation claim case where age and repetitive motion were at issue. The court upheld a jury verdict in Plaintiff's favor finding her injuries developed over time as a result of her employment although her responsibilities did not consist of continuous repetitive movement.