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The Cost of Not Having a Policy in Place – Workplace Injuries

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Workplace injuries due to drugs and alcohol can indeed increase costs for employers in several ways; can you afford not to consult with us?

Medical Expenses:

When an employee is injured due to drug or alcohol use, the employer is typically responsible for covering medical expenses through workers’ compensation insurance. Depending on the severity of the injury, these expenses can be substantial.

Lost Productivity:

Injuries often result in lost productivity as the injured employee may need time off work for recovery. This can disrupt workflow and require other employees to pick up the slack, reducing overall productivity.

Rehabilitation and Disability Benefits:

In more severe cases, employees may require rehabilitation or even long-term disability benefits. These can be costly for employers to provide, both in terms of direct expenses and the cost of hiring and training replacement employees.

Workers’ Compensation Premiums:

Frequent workplace injuries due to drugs and alcohol can lead to increased workers’ compensation insurance premiums. Insurers may view the employer as higher risk and adjust premiums accordingly.

Legal Expenses:

If an injured employee sues the employer, legal expenses can add up quickly. Employers may need to hire lawyers and potentially pay settlements or judgments if they are found liable for the injury.

Damage to Reputation:

A workplace with a reputation for lax drug and alcohol policies and a high rate of injuries can suffer damage to its reputation. This can affect the company’s ability to attract and retain quality employees and customers.

To mitigate these costs and ensure a safe working environment, many employers implement drug and alcohol testing policies provided by companies like HourGlass® Testing Solutions, we provide employee education on the dangers of substance abuse, and offer employee assistance programs (EAPs) to help those struggling with addiction. These measures are not only aimed at reducing workplace injuries but also at addressing the broader issue of substance abuse, which can have detrimental effects on employees’ personal lives as well.

Additionally, employers should be aware of and comply with local laws and regulations related to drug and alcohol testing to avoid legal challenges and ensure fair and consistent enforcement of policies. Preventing workplace injuries due to drugs and alcohol is not only a financial concern but also a moral and ethical responsibility for employers to protect the safety and well-being of their workforce.