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 policy provided in English and Spanish translations.
  2. Drug testing. Not all employees are required to be tested. However, pre-employment, reasonable suspicion, and post-accident testing are required. While random drug testing is not required, it is suggested. Certified testing provider list available.
  3. Employee education. A monthly newsletter in English and Spanish is provided to equal 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.
  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

We have 102 certified drug-free workplaces in Hall County. For more information:  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.