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Document ID (ISN)101408
CIS number 03-477
ISSN - Serial title 0047-2379 - Journal of Drug Education
Year 2002
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Gerber J.K., Yacoubian G.S.
Title An assessment of drug testing within the construction industry
Bibliographic information 2002, Vol.32, No.1, p.53-68. Illus. 14 ref.
Abstract Drug testing in the workplace has become widespread during the past two decades, particularly in the construction industry. High rates of alcohol and other drug use, coupled with the high-risk, safety-sensitive nature of the industry, have prompted the development of a variety of drug surveillance and prevention strategies. Despite these efforts, little research has been published on the impact of drug-related policies in the construction industry. This paper reviews the effectiveness of workplace drug-testing programmes in reducing injury rates within the construction industry. Analyses indicate that companies with drug-testing programmes experienced a 51% reduction in accident rates within two years of implementation. Policy implications are discussed in light of the current findings.
Descriptors (primary) drug dependence; medical supervision; safety programmes; construction industry
Descriptors (secondary) compensation of occupational diseases; frequency rates; programme evaluation; injuries
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Construction industry
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Safety programmes
Alcohol and drug abuse
Construction industry and civil engineering