Safety Focus of the Week: Keeping Drugs & Alcohol Out of the Workplace
Sadly, America has an addiction problem – alcohol, marijuana, prescription pain killers, methamphetamine, cocaine and crack cocaine, etc. To deny that this problem makes its way into America’s workplace is being in naive denial. Even users that don’t abuse their drug during work hours have an effect on all aspects of work (safety, production, and quality). Most concerning is the effect on the safety of other workers and the public.
At ECI, we are committed to providing a safe workplace that is free from the effects of alcohol and illegal drugs. All of our employees are required to be drug and alcohol free while on the job and not to possess either substance on our jobsites. When applicable, drug testing is to be done in accordance with our Drug & Alcohol Testing Policy.
We encourage our workers to:
- Be mindful of their co-workers physical condition and to notify their supervisor if a worker appears unfit for duty.
- Take themselves out of work if they are unfit for duty.
- Work with their personal health provider or a substance abuse counselor if they need help.
We are proud that our industry (heavy construction) is significantly more professionally-based than ever before. However, we must continue to strive for the highest achievable standards, particularly on the subject drug & alcohol abuse.