UT Workshop Scheduled on Drug-Free Workplace Program (190)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A one-day workshop at locations throughout the state has been scheduled for small and medium sized companies to learn about the Tennessee Drug-Free Workplace Program.

The workshop is offered by the University of Tennessee’s Center for Industrial Services, Bryan Lane, a CIS safety consultant, said.

Sessions, which are $125 per person, are scheduled 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the following cities:

Chattanooga, May 28, The Clarion Hotel, 407 Chestnut St.; Knoxville, May 27, UT Conference Center, 600 Henley St.; Memphis, May 20, Adam’s Mark Hotel, 939 Ridge Lake Boulevard; and Nashville, May 21, Maxwell House, 2025 MetroCenter Boulevard.

The workshop will be lead by Charles J. Mataya, an attorney with experience in employment and labor law; Mark Faulkner, whose background is in drug monitoring and substance abuse testing; and Wes Caldwell, with expertise in insurance and risk management.

The workshop agenda lists the following topics:

— Risk Management and the Tennessee Drug-Free Workplace Program

— Drug and Alcohol Programs

— The Tennessee Workplace Program and the Law

— Implementing the Program (and saving 5 percent on workmen’s compensation premiums)

The Tennessee Drug-Free Workplace law and rules, enacted by the legislature in 1996, became effective this month. Companies can use the program to immediately earn a 5 percent credit on their workman’s compensation premiums, Lane said.

For more information contact Lane at 615-532-4590.