The nation's opioid epidemic touches us all, including the business community. Employers have jobs to fill but hesitate to hire workers with a drug-use history. Workers recovering from addiction want to work but aren't given the chance. Other workers might be addicted but go undetected, putting workplace safety at risk.
The Opioid Workplace Safety Pilot Program can help.
Brought to you by your local Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services board (ADAMHS) and the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation, this pilot program for Montgomery, Ross and Scioto counties will provide the following for employers that hire workers in recovery:
- Reimbursement for pre-employment, random and reasonable-suspicion drug testing.
- Training for managers/supervisors to better manage and retain workers in recovery.
- A forum for employers to share their success stories and learn from each other.
To enroll, download and complete the Opioid Workplace Program Enrollment Form and email it to your county ADAMHS board (See below.).
To apply for reimbursement of any of the above services, download and complete the BWC Opioid Workplace Safety Program Request for Reimbursement. Then, email it to the appropriate ADAMHS board.
For more information, you can contact your home county ADAMHS board.
To contact BWC with questions, email us at BWCOpioidWorkplaceSafetyProgram@bwc.state.oh.us.
Opioids' toll: In a survey of more than 3,200 businesses and nearly 1,500 community leaders, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce found more than half are suffering consequences of substance misuse, including absenteeism, decreased productivity and shortage of workers.
"What we know from our experience is that when people want to recover from an addiction and you give them the tools, they will recover. We have several workers in recovery, including supervisors, who are committed, loyal and do very well here." - Bart Frost, HR and safety director, Taylor Lumber, Scioto County.
Working together, we can turn this crisis around.