Drug Free Workplace

 

 

Drug-Free Food
and Beverage Industry

Non-DOT Industries

Restaurant Industry Drug Testing

 In the Food and Beverage Industry, the FDA enforces strict health code rules that are to be followed meticulously, checked by a Health Department professional. Unfortunately, health regulations aren't the only thing restaurant employers need to be concerned with. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, workers in the Food and Beverage industry have the highest rates of drug use. 

At a rate of 17.4 overall percent of restaurant workers using illegal drugs, the jobs of food preparation (cooks and prep cooks), serving (waiting tables), and bartending, use illegal drugs at twice the national average.

 

Position
Current 
Illicit Drug Use %
Past Year 
Illicit Drug Use %
Current Heavy 
Illicit Drug Use %
Food Preparers
16.3
27.6
16.3
Grounds Keepers
11.4
21.0
9.8
Janitors
13.0
20.6
10.3
Maids
7.9
12.8
3.6
Waiters/Waitresses
15.4
28.9
12.1

Source: www.dol.gov/dol/workingpartners.htm

 

According to the United States Department of Labor, 10 to 20 percent of U.S. workers involved in fatal on-the-job accidents tested positive for illicit drugs and alcohol, and drug abuse in the workplace costs employers approximately $81 billion each year in lost productivity. Many companies use pre-employment drug testing to help filter out prospective employees who might be potential drug users, in order to avoid accidents and reduce employee turnover. Furthermore, random drug screens are an effective way to maintain a trustworthy staff after initial hire. 

Make sure your employees are following your rules to be drug and alcohol-free. The experts at Occupational Drug Testing can be the professionals checking on your employees, to keep your operation running smoothly, safely, and drug-free.

 

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