March09-Chap-11-Drugs

March09-Chap-11-Drugs - Drug Testing What substances are of...

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Drug Testing
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What substances are of concern?
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Examples of Substances that are abused:Alcohol (legal), marijuana, heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine, LSD, over-the-counter drugs, prescription drugs
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Why is substance abuse a concern in construction?
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Substance abusers pose a threat to safety for themselves and others
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Substance abuse became an issue of concern in the construction industry in the mid-1980’s Before 1985, very few firms were conducting any drug testing on their projects
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What is the extent of drug use in the construction industry?
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It has been estimated that in the regular population about 10% of the workforce regularly abuses drugs. In construction, the estimates are higher, perhaps being as high as 20%. The percentages vary considerably in different parts of the country.
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Drug use is associated with increased injury incidence, more absenteeism, higher turnover, more illnesses, more crime, lower productivity
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It will depend on the specific drug if the use or abuse away from the job will actually compromise safety on the job. It will depend on timing. Some substances are essentially fully metabolized in a matter of a few hours.
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discussed in the construction
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This note was uploaded on 08/27/2011 for the course BCN 5737 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '11 term at University of Florida.

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March09-Chap-11-Drugs - Drug Testing What substances are of...

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