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Please note: The Department of Labor ended the drug-free workplace program in 2010. Accordingly, it does not currently administer a “Workplace drug testing” advisory web page and is not responsible for the content of the linked sites.

Drug-Free Workplace Policy Builder

This section of the Drug-Free Workplace Advisor helps you develop a customized drug-free workplace policy statement for your organization.  To do this, it will guide you through the different elements of a policy, along the way asking you to choose among various options as appropriate for your workplace.  It will then generate a statement integrating your selections with standard recommended language for all organizations.  Once complete, you can review and modify the statement as needed and add your organization's name and logo where appropriate.

A drug-free workplace policy forms the foundation for a drug-free workplace program; however, it is not the same as a drug-free workplace program.  Rather, it is one of five components.  In addition to a policy, a comprehensive drug-free workplace program includes supervisor training, employee education, employee assistance and drug testing.

Although programs can be effective without all five of these components, it is recommended that all be at least explored when developing a program.  Effective program planning and philosophy are critical to success. Employers and employees should work together to examine each component and design a balanced, fair program suited to the unique needs and challenges of their workplaces.

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Crisis Situations

Having a drug-free workplace program in place is a workplace's best line of defense against alcohol and drug problems.  However, since careful planning and consideration is required, a program cannot be put in place overnight.  In the meantime, extreme caution should be exercised in addressing existing problems.  For guidance on addressing immediate problems absent a drug-free workplace program, please read about crisis management.

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