Columbus Community Hospital

NECS/OHS Lunch & Learn: Recognizing drug impairment


Tuesday, April 30, 2024


11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

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Columbus Community Hospital

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Platte room

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4600 38th Street

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Substance abusers are five times more likely than non-abusers to injure themselves or others in the workplace. According to the American Council for Drug Education, drug abusers are also 10 times more likely to miss work, 33% less productive and five times more likely to file a worker’s comp claim, and they are responsible for 40% of all industrial fatalities. Don’t let this risk impact your business — know how to identify these individuals before the damage is done.

Your will learn:

  • Cost of impairment to a business’s bottom line.
  • Considerations when writing a policy for drug testing in the workplace.
  • Changes to OSHA’s rules on recordkeeping and how to remain compliant.
  • What is required from a DOT supervisor before, during and after an incident.
  • The cycle of addiction.
  • Physical characteristics that help determine signs of impairment.
  • How to recognize paraphernalia.
  • How to use divided attention questions to determine impairment.
  • Signs and symptoms of various drugs including, but not limited to:
    • Alcohol
    • Methamphetamine/amphetamine
    • Cocaine
    • LSD
    • K2, K4, Spice, and potpourri
    • Marijuana
    • Prescription drug abuse
    • Ecstasy, MDMA
    • Bath salts
    • Heroine
    • Inhalants

This course will be beneficial for any and all supervisory or managerial staff members, HR staff and safety professionals.

Presenter: Ric Voelker, Nebraska Safety Council (NESC) senior trainer, industrial hygiene specialist and consultant.

We will provide lunch from 11:30 a.m.-noon, with the presentation to follow from noon-1 p.m. 

Register by Friday, April 26 by contacting Ileana Jarecki at 402-562-4490 or emailing