Saving Lives and
The Electrical Industry Drug-Free Workplace Program was founded by
NECA and IBEW in 1990 as a pioneering effort to improve the health
and safety of electrical workers, and to enhance the productivity
of the electrical industry. This
is one of the top five self-funded industry programs in the nation.
Individuals tested include all bargaining as well as non-bargaining
employees of participating employers. We are proud to report
a positive rate of only 0.11%, which is far below the National average
The Program has retained Providence Employee Assistance Program to
coordinate all evaluations and treatment programs. The Program has
also retained the services of Dr. Kirby Griffin, M.D.,
Medical Review Officer, to review all positive test results.
Since the inception of the Program, Legacy Laboratory Services has
provided the testing of all the specimens. Legacy Laboratory
Services is a NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
The Program applies to all employees including maintenance, sales,
clerical, management, owners and part-time employees working
20 or more hours a week, as well as applicants for any such
Safety is a Vital Concern
A Drug-Free Workplace benefits not only workers and their families,
but contractors and customers as well. A survey conducted by the
International Labor Organization revealed that half of all industrial
accidents are related to alcohol or drug abuse. Furthermore, abusers
are four times as likely to have accidents as non-abusers. Not to
mention the detrimental affect drug abuse has on families.
An important aspect of our program is the progressive attitude
toward treatment. Instead of just firing an employee who tests
positive, we believe in helping our members regain control of
their lives and their careers. This results in healthy, drug-free
workers and mutual respect between employers and employees.
It also helps promote a stable work force.
The success of this program speaks for itself. As with so many
of the programs developed by NECA and IBEW, our
Drug-Free Workplace program is serving as a model for other
substance abuse programs throughout the nation.
Contact BeneSys to learn more about
this nationally acclaimed program.
1220 SW Morrison, Suite 300
Portland, OR 97205