The debate over drug/alcohol screening in the workplace is discussed. There is a difference of opinion as to how far employers can go to make sure employees pose no risk to public safety. The legal aspects of the debate are set forth. The legal pendulum may now be swinging toward drug testing as a way of protecting employers from exposure to lawsuits resulting from accidents caused by their drivers driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The Federal Highway Administration's position in this area is discussed. The courts have become increasingly convinced that the scope and seriousness of the drug problem in the United States create a compelling government interest that overrides certain personal rights. A recent study of heavy truck accident fatalities shows that drug or alcohol use was repsonsible for 33 % of the deaths. Workers attitude to drug testing, constitutional rights, and the reliability of tests are also discussed.

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    National Safety Council

    444 North Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL  United States  60611
  • Authors:
    • Malone, M P
  • Publication Date: 1991-1

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  • Pagination: p. 6-9
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00603279
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 31 1991 12:00AM