Drug-Free Workplace Programs: Requirements for Certification


Georgia Drug-Free Workplaces Have Five Components

Georgia law and the state Workers' Compensation Board set certification requirements.

1. Written Substance Abuse Policy
A substance abuse policy explains the purpose of the program, identifies prohibited behaviors and describes the consequences for violations. An effective policy also ensures the confidentiality of test results and outlines resources that are available to employees to get help, if needed.

2. Employee Education
Education helps employees understand the risks of workplace substance abuse, the disease of addiction, and how and when to get help. It also ensures that employees understand your company's substance abuse policy. Two hours of employee education are required each year.

3. Supervisor Training
Supervisors are often in the best position to recognize workplace substance abuse. Training also helps supervisors understand your policy, identify signs of substance abuse, document their observations and confront employees. Supervisors receive employee education plus an additional two hours of supervisor training each year.

4. Employee Assistance.
Companies decide on the level of assistance they wish to provide, from a resource list to an employee assistance program. The objective of Georgia's program is to help substance abusers get treatment and return to work, if possible. Employee assistance services helps employees get help for themselves and their families.