New Florida Law Allows Use of Instant Drug Tests On the Job Site

EXPERTS PROVIDE UPCOMING SEMINAR IN JACKSONVILLE AREA

ATLANTA, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On June 10, 2009, Governor Crist signed a new bill into law allowing companies to perform drug testing using an onsite rapid test to qualify for a 5% discount on workers' compensation insurance. These rapid test devices can provide initial drug test results in less than 10 minutes and reduce the cost from 20% to 50%. If the initial test indicates a negative result, the testing is complete. Any test that indicates positive for a particular drug must be shipped to a lab for a confirmation test.

Chuck Wade, President and CEO of The Council on Alcohol and Drugs, has been the director of Georgia's Drug Free Workplace program for 13 years. He has seen the positive impact that the implementation of a similar law has had on companies throughout Georgia. According to Mr. Wade, "Many companies in Georgia have converted from the traditional lab-based drug testing to onsite testing using urine or saliva. Their reasons for change are very logical. Why use an outside lab, wait a couple of days for the result, have downtime for the employee to go to the lab, and pay twice as much? Companies using these onsite rapid drug tests can have drug test results in less than 10 minutes right on the job site for half the price of a regular lab test."

Bill Current, the former director of the Institute for a Drug-Free Workplace and now president of a Florida-based consulting firm specializing in drug free workplace programs, has monitored the growth in the use of onsite drug testing at the national level for several years. He is the author of nine books on substance abuse issues. According to Mr. Current, "The question most pressing for employers now is how to get the most out of drug testing. What can you do to ensure that your drug testing program is as efficient and cost-effective as possible? An instant result drug testing program can result in a significant reduction in the cost to the company."

Although the rapid testing technology has been used in other states for many years, Florida is one of the most recent states to change the law to allow the use of these tests to qualify for discounts on workers' compensation insurance upon the implementation of a drug free workplace.

Educating employers in the implementation and proper use of these onsite devices is critical. The Council on Alcohol and Drugs will be providing a free seminar in the central Jacksonville area for HR and Safety and Personnel managers on November 6, 2009, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The primary speakers will be Chuck Wade, President and CEO of The Council on Alcohol and Drugs, and Bill Current, former Director of the Institute for a Drug-Free Workplace. Topics will include: an overview of the new law, steps for implementation, and demonstrations of onsite devices.

To register for the seminar, go to The Council's website at www.livedrugfree.org and click on the Jacksonville Seminar link.

If you would like more information about this topic, please call Leanne Mulherin at (404) 223-2482 or email her at lmulherin@livedrugfree.org.

SOURCE The Council on Alcohol and Drugs



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