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Addiction in the Workplace [A Must-Read: 6 Ways to Deal With Addicted Employees]

Addiction in the Workplace [A Must-Read: 6 Ways to Deal With Addicted Employees]

As a business owner, you know that anything that affects your business IS your business. Drug addiction might be a personal problem, but employees under the influence of drugs or alcohol at work constitute a great risk for themselves as well as others. The well-being of your staff is important to you, so here are six ways you can identify and deal with an employee’s addiction. Research If you’re unacquainted with addiction and are uncertain if a employee is an addict, plenty of materials are available to assist you. Many trustworthy medical centers, educational institutes, and anti-addiction organizations have information that explains addiction, its symptoms, and tips for how to address it. The internet is a good place to find information, too. Here are just a few examples of government-related sites that can provide useful information: U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) If you are Miami-Dade-based and are interested in getting information about drug addiction and drug testing in Hialeah, visit our website or call us to make an appointment. Observe Does your employee take unexpected days off more frequently than before? Do they arrive  later or leave earlier than normal? Do they act differently? Do they look, sound, or smell differently? They might have red eyes, for example, or slurred speech, or smell like drugs or chemicals. Based on the information you’ve collected in phase one, you can compare your employee’s appearance and performance to several indicators of drug addiction. Listen Are your other employees worried about this employee? If your employee’s...
Drug Testing at the Soccer World Cup – Russia to take no part it in

Drug Testing at the Soccer World Cup – Russia to take no part it in

If you’re a big sports fan, then you probably already heard about the drug testing controversy regarding Russia and the Olympics. This has now spilled over into the world of soccer, with officials recently announcing that Russia will not be allowed to play any part in the drug testing of soccer players for this summer’s soccer world cup.   The games, ironically being held in Russia, will see the world’s best 32 national soccer teams compete to become world soccer champions. The games will be hosted in 11 Russian cities, including Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Kaliningrad. However, despite all games taking place on Russian soil, FIFA officials have declared – in no uncertain terms – that Russia will be be involved in the anti-doping procedures.   Michael D’Hooghe from FIFA was quoted by the Times as saying: “My basic condition to lead the anti-doping policy in Russia is that everything would be done from the very beginning to the last point by FIFA without Russian intervention…That means the chaperones, who take the players from the field, will be designated by FIFA and will not be Russian.” What drugs do they test for in professional sports? Using performance enhancing chemicals is nothing new and is said to have been done even as far back as the olympics in ancient Greece. However, the practice is of course unfair, which is why drug testing exists. But what type of drugs are actually tested for?   In short, the tests aim to find any drugs which have been banned by the appropriate sporting authorities. These include:   Anabolic steroids Androstenedione Human Growth Hormone...
What are the 4 main benefits of occupational medicine?

What are the 4 main benefits of occupational medicine?

Every employer is well aware of how important the health of their employees is. A happy and healthy person is much more productive, motivated, and eager to work. In order to protect employees’ well-being, it’s wise to consider occupational health care as part of your larger health plan. Its main goals are providing a healthy and safe working environment, preventing any work-related diseases, and ensuring that employees retain their ability to work. RiteCare Medical Center in Hialeah is composed of a team of occupational health specialists who treat new and current Work Comp patients every month. In today’s article, they’re sharing four benefits of occupational medicine that every employer should be familiar with. Reduced expenses Usually because of the financial pressure put on companies, injury cases are guaranteed a minimum number of medical visits. Occupational health clinics, however, are committed to getting an injured employee back to work as soon as possible by promptly delivering efficient and effective services to their patients. Minimizing the time out of work along with shorter treatment times mean reduced expenses for the employer.1 Work Comp Services Places like RiteCare Medical Center in Hialeah not only specialize in occupational medicine services such as employment physicals and drug testing, but also in treating work-related injuries. They clearly understand the work comp claim process and realize the importance of communication with all the providers involved in the case, as well as how to follow the state workers’ compensation guidelines. They make sure their programs are compliant.    Safety It has become quite common for employers to ask employees to undergo physical examinations and pre-employment physicals, such...

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