As safety professionals navigate through their career, the use of critical thinking during investigations as well as day-to day operations can be tedious, to say the least. Learn and understand the different idiosyncrasies of critical thinking and how it can apply to safety professionals. Perception versus reality, beliefs versus knowledge, can change in a single instance or incident.
Session 2: 1:00 p.m. EST (GMT -5, New York)
“Opioid Abuse in the Workplace: Using Effective Drug Testing and Policies to Reduce the Pain of the Painkiller Epidemic” Mark Gomsak, Attorney, Fisher Phillips
Opioid and prescription painkiller use and abuse has hit most workplaces with a wide array of legitimate concerns for the employer. Questions abound as to drug testing, addressing workplace safety, compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and rising costs of opioid use to the employer. A significant percentage of the workforce is presently under the influence of prescription medications, and addiction to pain medications has led to absenteeism, impairment, workplace accidents and an overall negative impact in the workplace. In fact, according to a recent survey, 71% of U.S. employers say they have been affected in some way by employee misuse of legally prescribed medications, yet, only 19% feel extremely prepared to deal with prescription drug misuse. This session will cover the applicable legal questions and explore a look at the answers for handling the rising epidemic of misuse or abuse of prescribed medications spilling over into the workplace. Attendees will learn how to implement drug policies and testing that effectively address opioid use and abuse while being compliant with various legal requirements imposed by OSHA, the ADA, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and other statutes.