Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine opioid and substance use in the workplace, and the federal recommendations for drug program implementation. Opioid and substance use is a prevalent issue that causes hazards to the individual using and […]
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced in a Total Worker Health (TWH) update that the institute’s grant partners are conducting research on the impact of opioids in the workplace. Extramural researchers have been studying and developing resources related to the prevention of opioid misuse and overdose in working populations. NIOSH has […]
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) released the video “Addressing Opioid Overdose Deaths in the Workplace” describing the use of naloxone in the workplace to counteract opioid overdoses.
The National Safety Council (NSC) urged President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden to include opioid overdose prevention as part of their coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) recovery plans. COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by infection of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
According to the American Medical Association, at least 30 states are reporting spikes in fatal opioid overdoses and ongoing concern about mental illness or substance use disorders, all in connection with COVID-19. To help employers address these interconnected issues, the National Safety Council (NSC) is calling on employers to prioritize employee stress and emotional and mental […]
The National Safety Council (NSC) released an “Opioids at Work Employer Toolkit” that employers can use to address workplace impacts of the ongoing opioid crisis. The NSC encouraged employers to implement robust drug-free workplace policies and called on employers to equip their workplaces with first-aid kits containing naloxone (an overdose reversal drug), provide supervisor education […]
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) fielded 221 requests for Health Hazard Evaluations (HHEs) in 2018, according to a recently released annual report. The 34 HHE reports published last year examined hazards ranging from hospital disinfectants and repetitive pharmacy tasks to emergency responders’ exposure to opioids.
Nearly 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes annually, making it the third leading preventable cause of death in the U.S. Meanwhile, opioid abuse and dependency grew under lax regulation to become a national public health emergency under federal law.
Read the transcript of our recent EHS on Tap podcast wherein we talked with Nina M. French, Managing Partner for the Current Consulting Group, about the current trends in drug legalization, use, and abuse, and how EHS pros can effectively maintain a drug-free, safe, healthy, and productive workplace.
The use and misuse of both illicit and prescription drugs are affecting a growing number of employers. Whether marijuana or opiates are obtained legally or illegally, both are present in the workplace. An increasing number of workers are even dying on the job from drug and alcohol overdoses. The most acute hazards are faced by […]