Drug-Free Workplace Program
The Kentucky Regulation, 803 KAR 25:280 was adopted on June 6, 2008. This regulation establishes the requirements for employers to apply and be certified by the Department of Workers’ Claims for implementing a drug-free workplace program.
Maintaining a drug-free workplace demonstrates an employer’s willingness to promote social responsibility while providing a safe working environment for the employees and in exchange, the employer may be eligible and receive economic benefits such as a 5% discount on their workers’ compensation premium.
This is a voluntary program, it promotes workplace safety, increases productivity, and reduces absenteeism.
The estimated cost of addiction to employers is $81 billion annually due to the loss of productivity, high turnover and increased healthcare costs.
The Kentucky regulation requires the following:
- Written policy
- Distribution and acknowledgment of employees
- Employee assistant program (EAP)
- Education and Training
- Alcohol and Drug Testing – 11 panel; SAMHSA Approved Lab
The regulation, policy, application and poster are linked below. There are no application fees.
For more information contact:
Tara Aziz, Specialist
Drug-Free Workplace Coordinator
Brian Butler, Medical Certification Specialist II