Hidden Economics of Drugs in the Workplace (Infographic)

Though the health effects of drugs are devastating, the economic impact of drugs can also prove harmful.

Setting aside the emotional and physical tolls that drugs have on a user, the abuse of drugs–both legal and illicit–have serious financial repercussions in business. Costs associated with drugs–usually related to crime, loss of productivity, absenteeism, and health care–account for about $700 billion annually, according to results from the National Survey on Drug Use & Health.

We’ve created an infographic that highlights the overall costs of substance abuse in the workplace, breaking it down into costs associated with alcohol ($224 billion/year), tobacco ($295 billion/year), and illicit drugs ($193 billion/year).

Additionally, the infographic depicts the industries that see the highest rates of substance use and abuse, including general construction, mining, general manufacturing, transportation and warehouses, and hospitality and food service.

Check out the National Drug-Free Workplace Alliance website for more information and statistics regarding the impact of drugs in the workplace.

To talk to an Occupational Safety and Health expert about crafting a Drug Free Program or Policy for your workplace, contact SCT at 1-800-204-1729, or contact us via the electronic form below.








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SCT Recognizes National Drug-Free Work Week

This week marks the 11th annual recognition of National Drug-Free Work Week.

Started by the U.S. Department of Labor as a way to improve safety and health in the construction industry, National Drug-Free Work Week now highlights the importance of keeping substances out of all workplaces and encourages workers with a drug or alcohol problem to seek help.

According to the latest statistics from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, which uses data from 2008 to 2012,  an annual average of 8.7% of full-time workers aged 18 to 64 used alcohol heavily in the past month, 8.6% used illicit drugs in the past month, and 9.5% were dependent on or abused alcohol or illicit drugs in the past year.

Mining (17.5 percent)  and construction (16.5 percent) saw the highest rates of past month heavy alcohol use, while the food services industry had the highest past month rate of illicit drug use.

In Ohio, home to our headquarters in Middleburg Heights,  the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation offers premium discounts to companies that participate in its Drug Free Safety Program.

At SCT, our Occupational Health experts have decades of experience in guiding companies through the requirements of the Ohio BWC’s drug free program. The deadline for companies to complete all drug testing, training and reporting is approaching at the end of March. The final application is due at the end of May.

Having a Drug Free Safety Program brings many additional benefits to a business, including fewer workplace accidents and injuries, reduced absenteeism and employee turnover, and increased productivity.

Watch our video below to learn more about how we can help your company can encourage employees to live healthy lives while also improving your bottom line.

To get your Drug Free Safety Program started, contact SCT today online or call us at 440-449-6000. Our experts are ready to help you reach all of your safety goals.

And did we mention that flu shots are in stock? Learn more by clicking here. 

Recap of the 2017 National Safety Council Congress and Expo

This week SCT travelled to Indianapolis for the 2017 National Safety Council Congress and Expo.

The event draws 10,000 occupational safety and health professionals together to learn about and discuss the latest innovations in keeping workers safe and healthy.

If you couldn’t make it out to the show this year, check out our quick recap video below. Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth.

OSHA construction silica enforcement is SATURDAY!

Heads up construction companies, OSHA’s silica enforcement starts on Saturday, September 23, 2017!

SCT’s staff of occupational safety and health experts has the training and skills to help your company transition into this new standard.

During his time working for OSHA, Mr. Bielema helped develop the new silica standard. Mr. Bielema’s most recent position with OSHA was as Area Director for the Peoria, IL, office. The new rule went into effect in June 2016, but the enforcement date was delayed to allow for companies to align their programs and policies with the new standard and conduct necessary updated training.

Mr. Bielema has developed a brand new training course for SCT that will bring you and your employees up to speed on the new regulations. Watch our conversation with Mr. Bielema to find out more details about who is impacted by the new rule, what you need to do to become OSHA compliant, and how to best protect your employees.

Need to update your silica training? Call the safety experts at SCT at 1-800-204-1729, or contact us through our online contact page!

SCT is Exhibiting at the 2017 National Safety Council Expo

Next week, SCT will be exhibiting at the nation’s largest event for safety, health and environmental professionals: the 2017 National Safety Council Congress & Expo in Indianapolis, IN. We’ll be set up at Booth #7576.

The expo at the Indianapolis Convention Center kicks off on Monday, Sept. 25.

  • Sept. 25: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Sept. 26: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Sept. 27: 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM

We’re excited for the opportunity to tout our team of OSHA experts and state-of-the-art training curriculum to such a prestigious gathering of safety professionals.

In addition to the expo floor, there are also dozens of educational sessions available covering every topic under the Occupational Safety and Health umbrella.

If you’re going to be at the show, stop by and see us! In addition to learning about our great suite of OSHA compliance and occupational health solutions, you can also snag a few free goodies!

And if you’re still on the fence about attending, you can click here to register for the expo for free as a guest of SCT.  Hope to see you there!

Protect Your Workers with Flu Vaccines from SCT

It’s that time of year yet again! Flu season is right around the corner, and getting your employees vaccinated is the best way to prevent the flu from taking over your workplace.

Each year, the flu causes 111 million missed days of work and about $7 billion in lost productivity, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Watch our video below to find out the importance of the flu vaccinations and learn some other habits that can go a long way in keeping your workplace free of sickness.

Want to get your employees vaccinated or avoid the long lines at the pharmacy? At SCT, we have flu shots available with no insurance needed. We can also bring our services directly to you with our mobile medical unit, so your employees won’t even have to leave the office. Contact us today online or call 1-800-204-1729.

Get a look inside our new Chicago Office

In 2017, SCT continued its expansion trend from 2016 with the opening of a brand new office in Chicago, Illinois. SCT staff members welcomed clients and friends at an open house for the new office in lat August 2017. Come explore the new office with SCT President Gail Grueser, Vice President Nick Walters, and Regional Director Tom Bielema.

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SCT hires EHS executive to grow domestic, international presence

Middleburg Heights, Ohio – After expanding its Midwest presence with a Chicago office earlier this year, Safety Controls Technology, Inc. (SCT) is branching out to the East Coast.

SCT is proud to welcome James Joyce as Senior Vice President of Global EHS Services. He will be based out of Boston, Massachusetts, but will be enhancing SCT’s services both domestically and internationally. Mr. Joyce will add his unique and dynamic skill set to SCT’s already strong leadership team to assist in business planning, training and developing the skills of SCT employees.

“Jim adds a global, corporate perspective to our company that we really need with our business expansions,” said Rob Medlock, SCT Senior Vice President of General Industry. “We are all looking forward to benefitting from his knowledge and ability to interact with business at any level.”

Mr. Joyce brings decades of occupational and environmental health experience to the team at SCT, including years leading Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) teams for multi-billion dollar businesses.

“I view this as a new, different, and exciting challenge,” Mr. Joyce said. “I’m really passionate about workplace safety and environmental compliance. I’m here to help SCT and our customers in any way I can.”

Most recently, Mr. Joyce served as the Vice President of Global Environment, Health and Safety for Owens-Illinois Global, a $7.5 billion enterprise and a Fortune 500 Company. In that role, Mr. Joyce developed the global EHS leadership team that covered 27,000 employees at 79 factories in 24 countries. His business acumen and leadership led to a reduction of all major measurable safety indicators.

“Jim brings a wealth of international safety and health experience to the table and I look forward to seeing the new opportunities that it will create for our company,” said SCT Vice President of Safety Engineering Services Nick Walters.

Mr. Joyce grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, surrounded by the steel and manufacturing industries that define the region. Manufacturing and industry have been in his blood for generations—his grandfathers worked in the steel and railroad industries and his father worked at General Motors.

From 1976 to 1986, Mr. Joyce worked his way up the ranks at Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel, eventually becoming the general foreman of operations. Mr. Joyce then worked at Bayer Corp. for more than two decades starting in 1986, beginning in technical sales, product management, and mergers and acquisitions.

His transition to EHS began in 1993, when a fire and explosion at one of the company’s newly acquired plants in Boston injured several fire fighters. Following the incident, Mr. Joyce was promoted to lead the plant’s renewed focus on EHS.

“I discovered I really liked the work,” Mr. Joyce said. “It was almost as if EHS found me.”

He developed and implemented a new safety response system that involved employees at all levels. His efforts and safety measures worked. Injuries and other safety-related recordables decreased, and workers at the plant enjoyed a safer and healthier workplace.

“This was an opportunity to fix something that was broken,” Mr. Joyce said.

The system was such a success that he was selected to be Bayer’s Global Director of EHS, and led the new safety response system’s implementation at nine more factories in the U.S., England, Germany and China, where employee health and safety also greatly increased.

In 2012, Mr. Joyce worked independently as an EHS consultant for Norit Americas, Inc. and Owens-Illinois, before joining O-I full time.

SCT is a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) delivering comprehensive occupational safety and health solutions to both the public and private sectors. SCT’s mission is to provide clients with reliable and responsible services that will save costs and create efficiencies without compromising environmental, occupational, and engineering quality.

For all occupational safety & health needs, contact the experts at SCT at 1-800-204-1729.

Ask the Experts: Scaffolding

Last year, scaffolding was the third most cited violation by OSHA behind only fall protection and hazard communication. Companies across the United States were cited nearly 4,000 times for scaffolding violations.

As scaffolding lifts workers to an elevated worksite, taking proper safety precautions is extremely important. OSHA estimates that proper training and following of compliance standards could save as many as 50 lives and prevent 4,500 accidents every year.

In this edition of our Ask the Experts video series, SCT Regional Director Tom Bielema, who spent years with OSHA eventually becoming the Area Director of the Peoria Office, discusses how to handle common hazards that come along with using scaffolding.

To catch up on our previous Ask the Experts videos, check out the playlist on YouTube here. As always, contact SCT today for all of your occupational safety and health needs.

Fatal Four in Construction: Falls

This week we’re wrapping up our look at the Fatal Four in Construction with a new video about falls.

According to OSHA, falls accounted for 364 deaths in construction in 2015, which was more than all of the other Fatal Four (electrocutions, struck by object, and caught in between) combined.

In the video below, SCT Vice President of Safety Engineering Services Nick Walters covers many of the common hazards that can result in falls, including ladders and unguarded floor openings.

If you missed Mr. Walters, former Regional Administrator of OSHA’s largest region based in Chicago, in our previous videos covering electrocutions and struck by/caught in between, you can watch all of our Fatal Four videos right here.

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