Substance and alcohol abuse can potentially cost businesses between $7,000 and $15,000 per year as substance abusers typically have more sick days, lower productivity and are at a higher risk for causing or being involved in work-related accidents.
By implementing a Drug-Free policy and subsequent screening programs into your workplace, you can easily reduce costs related to employee substance abuse. HealthCare for Business can help you determine which programs are right for your company and conduct testing utilizing their on-staff Medical Review Officer to ensure proper result reporting.
The following screens are available through HealthCare for Business:
- Pre-employment – conducted before applicants are hired
- Post-accident – conducted after accident for employees, specifically drivers whose performance could have contributed to the accident and for all fatal accidents
- Reasonable suspicion – conducted when supervisor or official observes behavior or appearance that is characteristic of alcohol or drug misuse
- Random – conducted randomly & unannounced before, during or after performance of safety-sensitive functions.
- Return-to-Duty and Follow-up Tests – conducted when an individual who has violated the prohibited alcohol or drug conduct standards returns to work. Follow-up tests are unannounced and at least six tests must be conducted in the first 12 months returning to duty. Sample collection at our facility – walk-ins welcome.
Why a Medical Review Officer(MRO) is important to your company’s substance abuse screening program:
An MRO must be a licensed physician who functions as the gatekeeper of laboratory drug test results, reviewing the documents for possible errors, interviewing donors who have non-negative results and determining if prescription medication use or other alternative medical explanations explain the results. MRO provides medically accurate results and personal feedback to ensure you, as the employer, take correct actions related to your employees.
The MRO provides feedback to employers, collection sites, laboratories and federal agencies, including Department of Transportation that represent the performance of individual workers at the jobsite. The MRO works with you company to establish a safe work environment.
Certification for the MRO physician occurs every five years and numerous hours of continuing medical education are required on an annual basis to maintain certification as well as a written examination.