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Workplace Training

Creating a Drug-Free Workplace Education Program Kit
The Creating a Drug-Free Workplace Education Program provides information and guidance as well as actual education and training modules for implementing a drug-free workplace program in companies of all sizes. Its “how-to” focus is geared to the company that has already recognized the need for a program and now wants specific ideas and strategies for implementing one in a cost-effective manner.

Purpose
The Creating a Drug-Free Workplace Education Program provides information and guidance as well as actual education and training modules for implementing a drug-free workplace program in companies of all sizes. Its “how-to” focus is geared to the company that has already recognized the need for a program and now wants specific ideas and strategies for implementing one in a cost-effective manner.

Program Design
The primary goal of the Creating a Drug-Free Workplace Education Program is to communicate information to a wide range of viewers that should create a strong and positive response to the creation and maintenance of a drug-free workplace.The educational program utilizes interactive courseware to deliver the materials to employers in Iowa including:

  • facilitated training sessions augmented by video segments,
  • case studies,
  • testimonials,
  • “actions to use,”
  • reinforcing printed materials,
  • and “what if” scenarios,

Also provided are self-directed CD-ROMs containing all of the material covered in the employee education and supervisor training modules which can be used at any time.

Training Modules
There are two training modules. One for general employees and one for supervisors, or anyone in a leadership role. Provided with each module are all the facilitator notes, agendas, handouts and other materials needed to complete the program.

In total, each module takes about 3 hours to complete, however additional agendas have been provided to meet the needs of a business that only has one hour or ninety minutes set aside for training. This means that the facilitator doesn’t have to take extra time to develop an alternative agenda.

The two hour agenda for the supervisor module meets the training requirement of Iowa Code Section 730.5.

Employee Module
The employee education module is designed to increase awareness of alcohol and other drug abuse and encourage employees to assist in maintaining a drug-free workplace. It includes information on who becomes and addict, drugs that are abused, signs and symptoms of substance abuse, and communicating concerns.

Supervisor Module
The supervisor training is designed to ensure that those in leadership positions understand and can fulfill their role in creating and maintaining a drug-free workplace. The session includes an overview of a Four-Step Intervention Model, which includes documenting performance issues, identifying troubled employees, addressing concerns, and referring an employee to assistance.
It also includes time for a review of the company drug-free workplace/drug-testing policy.

 

Why Should You Be Concerned?
Substance abusers are 33-50% less productive. (National Institute on Drug Abuse)

  • Abusers are absent 30-35 days per year and they are three times more likely than non-users to be late for work. (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
  • Abusers are three to four times more likely to have an accident on the job and five times more likely to file a workers’ compensation claim. (Employee Assistance Society of North America)
  • 21% of workers report being injured or put in danger, having to re-do work or cover for another employee, or needing to work harder due to others’ drinking. (JSI Research and Training Institute)
  • 77% of drug abusers are employed. (JSI Research and Training Institute)

A drug-free workplace can:

  • Reduce operational and medical costs.
  • Protect loyal and law abiding employees.
  • Improve products and services.
  • Increase employee morale.
  • Increase profits.
  • Help people lead healthier lives.
  • Result in better service to customers and clients.
  • Decrease absenteeism, accidents, downtime, turnover and theft.
  • Reduce the number of drug users, abusers, and addicts who apply for employment, as they seek out businesses that do not drug test or have drug-free workplace policies.