Each October, the United States Department of Labor observes Drug-Free Work Week. The purpose of Drug-Free Work Week is to educate employers, employees and the general public about the importance of being drug-free as an essential component of a safe and healthful workplace. Now in its third year, the annual campaign is a collaborative effort between the Labor Department, members of its Drug-Free Workplace Alliance and other public and private-sector organizations devoted to safe and healthy workplaces. However, all employers and employees are encouraged to participate.
The themes of Drug-Free Work Week have widespread relevance, according to a survey conducted by the Hazelden Foundation, a national nonprofit organization that helps people reclaim their lives from the disease of addiction. The Hazelden research found that while most human resources practitioners recognize substance abuse and addiction as among the most serious problems faced in today’s workplace, few companies proactively address these issues with their employees.
“Drug-Free Work Week is a perfect time to remind employers and employees alike that reducing workplace alcohol and drug abuse is a crucial part of keeping workers safe,” said Elena Carr, drug policy coordinator at the Labor Department. “Of course, in a safe and healthful workplace, every week should be Drug-Free Work Week.”
Employers and employees in all industries can learn more about how to participate in Drug-Free Work Week and ways they can promote drug-free workplace messages – during the campaign and throughout the year – by visiting the Labor Department’s Working Partners for an Alcohol- and Drug-Free Workplace Web site at www.dol.gov/workingpartners.
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