Drugs Don’t Work Program

Drug use in your business costs money, customers and lost productivity! To obtain drug free workplace certification and qualify for the 7.5% discount on your workers’ compensation premiums, you must complete the following steps:

Drugs Don’t Work Simplified Check List:

  1. Substance Abuse Policies: Develop written policies and provide to employees in English and Spanish.
  2. Drug Testing: Not all employees are required to be tested; and, while random drug testing is suggested, pre-employment, reasonable suspicion, and post-accident testing are required; a list of certified testing providers is available upon request.
  3. Employee Education: A monthly newsletter in English and Spanish is provided and is equal to the required two hours of training annually.
  4. Supervisor Education: The program provides newsletters to distribute to supervisors for one hour of training; the balance of required annual training can be accomplished by a drug awareness trainer.
  5. Treatment Services: Post the provided referral list where it is visible to all employees.
  6. Submit your application to the State Board of Worker’s Compensation annually for certification.

7.5%* Discount on Workers’ Comp Premiums

The Greater Hall Chamber provides the Drugs Don’t Work program at a cost of $50 annually to provide the necessary tools to empower business owners to maintain a drug-free workplace. Enrollment and certification through the Drugs Don’t Work program can also help lower workers’ compensation premiums.

Think drugs in Georgia don’t affect you as a business executive? You might want to think again.  Consider these facts*:

  • Substance abusers file 5 times more workers’ comp claims
  • 70% of adult drug users are employed

On the flip side, having a drug-free workplace helps:

  • Reduce medical costs and lost productivity
  • Lower employee turnover and reduce absenteeism
  • Protect loyal employees

Link to see the 97 CERTIFIED DRUG-FREE WORKPLACES in Hall County. For more information, contact Nikki Chandler: 770-532-6206 or email Nikki.

*7.5% Discount available on Worker’s Comp Insurance Premiums to all certified Drug Free Workplaces that purchase a premium; if you are self-insured, the 7.5% is from your state assessment fee.

**Source: ‘Working Partners’, National Conference Proceedings Report: US Dept. of Labor, the Small Business Administration, and the Office of National Drug Control Policy.