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Substance abuse:?Workplace safety

October 8, 2012
By CATHY BROWNFIELD - Staff Writer , Salem News

LISBON - Nita works at a distribution center. She works hard to support herself and to enjoy her life, but sometimes it's a struggle to make ends meet. She keeps working hard because she is proud of being self-sufficient. She uses high lifts and other heavy equipment to stock received merchandise. At her workplace if you have an "incident" it's automatic: drug test and time off. Nita didn't judge her distance right and bumped a bin. No damage was done, but could have occurred. She was embarrassed. She took the drug test. It's policy. But she's too much about living her life and being healthy. She doesn't abuse drugs or alcohol. It was simply an "incident," end of story. And her employer, going through the procedure learned that.



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