Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer. For many employees, it’s thus seen as the last opportunity to cut loose before returning to work a bit more buttoned up.
This means that many of your workers might spend their three day weekends abusing alcohol and even recreational drugs. Even if this behavior is off-the-clock, there can be on-the-job consequences if employees come to work impaired or hung over come Tuesday.
We are highlighting some of the most notable risks of Labor Day drug and alcohol usage that employers should be aware of heading into this weekend.
Labor Day Drug & Alcohol Abuse Spells Trouble
Drugged & Drunk Driving
Law enforcement and public safety officials nationwide have discussed the dangers of drinking or doing drugs and driving. Impaired driving is a concern yearround, but it is especially risky during holiday weekends when more people are celebrating and hitting the roads. A higher volume of traffic and an increase in drug use and alcohol consumption can contribute to more traffic accidents.
Fortunately, it does seem that messages about driving impairment have made a difference in some states. In Pennsylvania, the number of drug- and alcohol-related car accidents and fatalities declined over Labor Day weekend 2014. It’s key that communities and DOT organizations continue educating the public on the problems with driving impaired.
Boating Under the Influence
Many people choose to spend their last bit of summer on the lake or at the beach over Labor Day weekend. When combined with drinking or drugs, boating can be a disaster.
According to the US Coast Guard (USCG), alcohol use ranks as the top contributing factor in fatal boating accidents. In cases where the primary cause of the accident was known, it was the leading factor in 21% of fatalities. This is no surprise, as alcohol use impacts cognitive function, vision, balance, coordination, reaction time, and judgment. The USCG estimates that individuals with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .1o% or above is 10 times more likely to die in a boating accident when compared to someone who has a BAC of 0%.
Stay Sober This Labor Day
Keep your Labor Day fun and safe. If you are drinking, do not operate a boat or a motor vehicle. The best option is to stay sober and just enjoy your time with family and friends without substance abuse.
Test Smartly Labs nationwide provide drug and alcohol testing to individuals and employers, including DOT-regulated companies. If you suspect a friend, loved one, co-worker, or employee is struggling with substance abuse, contact your nearest location today to arrange for testing.