WORKPLACE SAFETY BLOG

The Latest News and Resources in Workplace Safety
Mar 7

The Cat and Mouse Game of Beating a Drug Test

Your employees, not all but some, are trying to beat your drug tests. The DOT presents clear guidelines for how to defeat the top five ways employees ...
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Mar 7
Feb 26

The ROI of Occupational Health Management

What do you offer as perks for your employees that create a better quality of life? Some companies go over the top, and we’ve got a few examples for ...
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Feb 26
Feb 21

Drug testing required for unemployment benefits in Texas

In 2017, SB 21 amended Texas State employment laws to “require mandatory drug screening as a condition for the receipt of unemployment compensation ...
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Feb 21
Feb 14

Why post-accident drug testing matters most

Now that your company has determined the need for a drug and alcohol policy, it is important to assess key components impacting the effectiveness of ...
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Feb 14
Feb 7

5 Costly Misconceptions of a Drug-Free Workplace

Drug and alcohol abuse has devastating effects on families across the U.S. As seen in the current opioid epidemic sweeping the country, many ...
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Feb 7
Jan 30

How "Random" is Your Company's Random Drug Testing?

A friend of mine tells a story about being selected for a so-called random drug test at a Houston company within a day or two of having had an ...
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Jan 30
Jan 10

OSHA’s post-accident policy change and what it means for businesses

OSHA has recently clarified their post-accident policy. According to The National Law Review, “The new guidance clarifies that safety incentive ...
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Jan 10
Dec 12

Is Your Company Holiday Party Like an Episode of "The Office?"

In a classic episode of NBC's hit TV series, "The Office," Steve Carrell's character, Michael Scott, the boss at the fictional Scranton branch of ...
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Dec 12
Dec 4

Get a “Plan B” for Your Houston Holiday Parties to Avoid a DUI

You pretty much just have to turn on the TV or look at your computer to see a story about a celebrity overindulging in drinking or using drugs--even ...
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Dec 4
Nov 15

Marijuana Legalization: How does it affect your workplace

You, as the employer, have the right to hire whom you choose in each position. However, state and federal law are making these decisions increasingly ...
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Nov 15
Oct 31

3 Ways Pre-Employment Drug Testing Reduces Employee Turnover

In 2011, for the first time, drug overdose deaths in the US exceeded the number of motor vehicle fatalities, showing that drug abuse is becoming more ...
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Oct 31
Oct 4

Flu season is beginning. Is your business ready?

2018 was a deadly flu season in Texas. Last year, more than 6,000 people died from pneumonia and influenza between Oct. 1 and March 16 according to ...
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Oct 4
Sep 21

The greatest ROI in drug testing is on-site

Let's get right down to business. The goal of Workplace Safety Screenings is to increasing safety and productivity, lowering liability. The best way ...
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Sep 21
Sep 11

Notes from the CEO: Hire securely this holiday season

School is back in session, and many employers are looking to their holiday hiring plans. Holiday hiring is always difficult, but never more so than ...
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Sep 11
Aug 22

How to Know if Your Background Check Vendor is Putting Your Company at Risk

Background checks are an essential part of any business’ hiring process, helping to assure workplace safety and reduce potential liability. ...
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Aug 22
Aug 20

Have you adapted your HR policies to accommodate the 2018 trends?

2018 has been a challenging year for Human Resources employees and business owners. Two of the top issues, cannibis and employee well-being, are also ...
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Aug 20
Aug 8

Occupational Medicine saves $500 per employee annually

Your employees are your business. How do you, as their employer, help them perform their best every day? By implementing a occupational medicine ...
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Aug 8
Aug 1

Watch for Signs of Heat Distress

It's summer in Houston, and that means heat and humidity are very real factors in many businesses in this part of Texas. At Workplace Safety ...
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Aug 1
Jun 22

How to Avoid Sprains and Strains in the Workplace

Some of the most common kinds of workplace injuries are sprains and muscle strains sustained on the job. These injuries aren’t life-threatening, ...
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Jun 22
Jun 22

Drug Testing Myths Busted!

When it comes to drug testing, it sometimes seems as if there is more misinformation floating around online than legitimate facts. There are plenty ...
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Jun 22
Jun 22

What Does ‘QNS’ Mean, and How Can it be Avoided?

The most disappointing result for any drug test is QNS: Quantity Not Sufficient. A test that results in QNS is essentially inconclusive, wasting the ...
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Jun 22
Jun 22

How Long Does a Background Check Take?

How long a background check will take is one of the most common questions that we’re asked at WSS. It’s also one of the most difficult to answer, ...
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Jun 22
Jun 22

Is Drug Testing an Invasion of Privacy?

Drug and alcohol abuse carries with it significant risk for businesses in Texas. Abuse costs millions of dollars each year in lost productivity, ...
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Jun 22
Jun 22

Workplace Marijuana Testing in the Post-Legalization Era: What Employers Need to Know

Marijuana has been legalized in a number of states, both for medicinal and adult use. However, the drug remains illegal in Texas and a majority of ...
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Jun 22
Jun 22

OSHA’s Anti-Retaliation Provision Goes into Effect

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) final rule changing the way it collects, and employers report, workplace injury and ...
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Jun 22
Jun 22

Workforce Drug Use Hits 10-Year High

The percentage of U.S. workers who tested positive for using drugs hit a 10-year high in 2015, according to a recent study conducted by diagnostic ...
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Jun 22
Feb 7

5 COSTLY MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT A DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE

Drug and alcohol abuse has devastating effects on families across the U.S. As seen in the current opioid epidemic sweeping the country, many ...
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Feb 7
Feb 7

Oral Fluid Fact Sheet

For the past two decades, oral-fluid drug testing has expanded into a wide range of drug-testing programs in both the employer and criminal-justice ...
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Feb 7
Feb 7

Oral Fluid Testing Myths Get Busted

There’s plenty of misinformation regarding the science of drug testing floating around the Internet. Workplace Safety Screenings has used oral fluid ...
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Feb 7
Jan 18

DOT Proposes Adding Opioids to FAA Drug-Testing Requirements

Workplace Safety Screenings advises all of our clients (and future clients!) that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is proposing to amend ...
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Jan 18
Jan 18

What Houston-Area Employers Need to Know About “Ban the Box” Laws

Have you heard of the Ban-the-Box movement? It’s an initiative that swept through the U.S. in 2015 and 2016. It’s been a hot-button issue among ...
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Jan 18
Jan 18

The Facts on Kush Drug Testing in Houston

More and more employers ask Workplace Safety Screenings every day, “Do you drug-test for synthetic marijuana?” The reason why is simple—this ...
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Jan 18
Jan 18

Don’t Make These 5 Big Mistakes After an Employee Tests Positive

It’s an employer’s nightmare: A key employee’s drug test comes back positive. If your business regularly conducts drug tests, however, it’s only a ...
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Jan 18
Jan 18

How New Federal Workplace Drug Testing Guidelines Affect Your Business

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently revised the Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs for urine ...
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Jan 18
Jan 18

Everything Houston Employers Need to Know about New Form I-9

The U.S. government recently released a new version of Form I-9, also known as the Employment Eligibility Verification Form. Employers are all now ...
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Jan 18
Jan 18

Workplace Safety Screenings Offers New Paperless DOT Drug Testing in Houston

Workplace Safety Screenings (WSS) now provides paperless DOT drug testing for DOT-regulated employers. Now, our drug-testing services are faster, ...
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Jan 18
Jan 17

FMCSA Establishes National Drug and Alcohol Testing Clearinghouse for Commercial Truck and Bus Drivers

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced a final rule in December establishing a ...
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Jan 17
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