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. 

Get your Flu Shot at SCT!

It’s that time of year and we’ve got flu shots in stock!

The Occupational Health experts at SCT have got you covered with flu shots for $25 and there’s no wait like the pharmacy!

Flu shots are important, and there are measurable impacts of getting one each year. Find out how flu shots help business by watching our “Protecting Workers with Occupational Health: Flu Shots” video, linked below.

See how beneficial an annual flu shot can be for your business? We promise, they don’t hurt – just a little pinch!

Though an appointment isn’t needed, you can schedule a flu shot at our Middleburg Heights location by calling 440-449-6000. Or we can bring the flu shots to you with our mobile medical unit. Contact us today to prevent the stuffy nose and sore throat of the flu!

Ohio BWC Drug Free Safety Program Offers Premium Rebates

If your company is located in Ohio, the state’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has a program that could both save you money and help you decrease workplace accidents.

Watch our video above to learn all you need to know about the Ohio BWC Drug Free Safety Program, which offers a four to seven percent discount on workers’ compensation premiums.

At SCT, we can guide you through all the requirements, deadlines, and paperwork to make the process as easy as possible. Our Occupational Health experts, led by SCT President Gail Grueser, guide dozens of companies through the program each year and teach you and your employees the skills to keep your DFSP running smoothly for years to come.

Don’t hesitate: the March 30th deadline for private employers will be here before you know it. Contact SCT today online or give us a call at 440-449-6000.

OSHA Top 10 Violations for 2017 Released

At last week’s National Safety Council Congress and Expo in Indianapolis, the NSC released the preliminary OSHA Top 10 Violations list for the 2017 fiscal year.  The data includes violations through Sept. 4.

Once again, general fall protection requirements topped the list with more than 6,000 citations, almost 2,000 more than second-place hazard communication. The top five remained unchanged from 2016, with ladders moving up to sixth and powered industrial trucks falling to one spot to seventh.

Fall protection training is a new entry in the 2017 list, taking 9th place with 1,523 citations. General electrical requirements fell out of the top 10.

The full list according to the NSC:

  • Fall Protection; General Requirements (1926.501) – 6,072
  • Hazard Communication (1910.1200) – 4,176
  • Scaffolding (1926.451) – 3,288
  • Respiratory Protection (1910.134) –  3,097
  • Lockout/Tagout (1910.147) –  2,877
  • Ladders (1926.1053) – 2,241
  • Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178) – 2,162
  • Machine Guarding (1910.212) – 1,933
  • Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503) – 1,523
  • Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305) – 1,405

“The OSHA Top 10 is more than just a list, it is a blueprint for keeping workers safe,” said NSC President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman in a news release. “When we all work together to address hazards, we can do the best job possible to ensure employees go home safely each day.”

The finalized data is set to be released in December 2017.

At SCT, we can help your company identify and eliminate all of these hazards. Whether it’s through on-site workplace audits, complete safety program development, or refresher training for employees and supervisors, our team of experts will help you reach your safety goals.

Contact us today online or call us at 1-800-204-1729.

While you’re here, check out our video below that covers OSHA’s Top 10 Citations from FY2016. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel or Like us on Facebook so you never miss a new video from us.

Focus on Respiratory Health & Silica Awareness

Silicosis is a debilitating lung condition that can cause lung cancer, respiratory failure, and other life-threatening respiratory diseases. This month’s video series, “Protecting Workers with Occupational Health,” we take a closer look at respiratory health and silica, and discover how employers can protect workers from exposure to respirable crystalline silica.

The enforcement for the new OSHA construction standard on silica just passed on September 23, 2017, and employers in the construction industry need to know their exposure levels to ensure they’re properly protecting workers and adhering to the federal regulations.

Do you need to update your silica program? Contact the experts at SCT at 1-800-204-1729 or drop us a note through our online contact form.

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.

Prevent Employee Hearing Loss with Simple Solutions

Occupational hearing loss is the most common workplace injury, with most cases occurring in the manufacturing sector, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Do you know how to keep yourself and your employees safe? Watch the second video in our Protecting Workers with Occupational Health series that’s all about protecting those ears. You will learn a number of strategies to ensure that your employees will work safely without damaging their hearing.

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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!