Construction sites are, by their very nature, dangerous environments. Yet, accidents happen. And when they do, there are significant ramifications beyond the obvious human toll.
Consider, for example, if a fire ignites on the site of a partially completed commercial building. What happens next? A possible series of events can unfold like this:
Any one of these events could cause substantial project delays and resulting budget overruns. For general contractors (GCs) who manage dozens, sometimes even hundreds, of subcontractors on a job, one accident like this can instantly turn into a big problem.
Again, accidents occur. Yet, the electrical contractor you hire for your next project should take every available precaution to avoid them. Safety should be in their DNA—and a major component of workplace safety is a drug-free workforce.
Still, drug use and abuse remains a serious and widespread problem in the construction industry. In fact, reports indicate that that the construction industry experiences some of the highest rates of alcohol and drug abuse within all workforce sectors. Among construction workers 18-49 years old:
At RJ Martin Electric, we put a premium on safety. Our award-winning safety program ensures workers are properly trained in all elements of safe work practices. It also includes comprehensive drug-free workplace education, training and testing.
RJ Martin Electric Drug-Free (Substance-Free) Program – Components, Process and Rationale
RJ Martin Electric established its Drug-Free (Substance-Free) Program in the early 2000s and has rigidly enforced it year in and year out ever since, while updating it as necessary in conformance with best practices, updated regulations and new mandates.
This program covers all full-time, part-time, seasonal, casual and temporary employees in three main areas: illicit drugs, prescription medication and alcohol. Two types of testing are performed: drug testing and blood-alcohol testing. For drug testing, RJ Martin Electric utilizes the 10-Panel Plus test, which is a federally certified test. Initial tests are 92-98 percent accurate, and confirmatory tests are 99 percent accurate. All testing is performed in conjunction with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) federally certified labs.
Testing is performed on all RJ Martin Electric employees in the following circumstances:
Additionally, our leading-edge program provides employees with education regarding substance abuse, safety and specific program components. Supervisors are continually trained on their roles and responsibilities for administering the program.
Our program’s primary focus is on the health, safety and well-being of our employees. Our approach is to help our employees address substance abuse issues while ensuring that our workplace is operating safely and effectively. With that in mind, the overarching goals of our Drug-Free (Substance-Free) Program are twofold.
First, we stringently enforce our program to minimize the chances for workplace accidents and injuries. The benefits of fewer accidents are evident from both a financial and human standpoint.
Second, substance abuse is a serious problem that exacts a heavy human cost. Ours is a family-owned and operated business, and we treat every employee like family. If one of our team members struggles with use, dependency or addiction, it affects them, their loved ones and our RJ Martin Electric family in many ways. In this regard, a significant component of the program is a confidential employee assistance counseling service, offered free of charge to all employees and their immediate family members, which covers issues such as stress management, family/marital issues and anxiety, in addition to substance use/abuse.
Whatever your next project may be, when it’s time to select an electrical contractor, make sure the one you choose has a comprehensive and fully documented safety program in place—and check to see that it’s consistently enforced over time. That program will help ensure that your contractor stays safe on the job. And that, in turn, will help keep your project on time and on budget.
Contact RJ Martin Electric to learn more.
We hope this blog helps you understand the importance of maintaining a drug-free workplace for electrical contracting projects. If you would like more information about our Drug-Free (Substance-Free) Program, please contact us. If you’re looking for an exceptional electrical contracting firm for your next project, or if you want information about RJ Martin Electric’s experience in industrial, health care, commercial, education and retail markets, please call Robert J. Martin at 216-662-7100 or email email@example.com.