“It is mandatory for all establishments to adopt drug-free workplace policies and programs to ensure a safe and healthy workforce.”
Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday issued this reminder to private sector companies after receiving the report on compliance of establishments to drug-free workplace policies from Bureau of Working Conditions Director Alvin B. Curada.
“Of all the establishments assessed last year under the Labor Laws Compliance System (LLCS), 78 percent were found to have drug-free workplace policies in place,” Director Curada said in his report.
Establishments with the highest compliance rates are those engaged in the following industries: services – 87.5 percent; security agencies – 87 percent; and administrative support – 86 percent.
On the other hand, establishments engaged in education, mining, and manufacturing recorded the following compliance rates – 66 percent; 62.5 percent; and 61 percent, respectively.
“Although we recognize that many establishments have drug-free workplace policies and programs in place, we vow to step up this campaign through the Labor Laws Compliance System,” the DOLE chief said.
“Our regional offices and their respective Labor Laws Compliance Officers (LLCOs) are trained to assist and provide free technical assistance. Companies that are yet to comply with the policy can request for assistance from the LLCOs in crafting the program guidelines as mandated by DO 53-03,” she added.
Department Order No. 53-03, which applies to all establishments in the private sector, including their contractors and concessionaires, states that it shall be mandatory for all private establishments employing 10 or more workers to formulate and implement drug abuse prevention and control program in the workplace, including the formulation and adoption of company policies against dangerous drug use.
“Establishments with less than 10 workers are also encouraged to formulate and adopt drug-free policies and programs,” said Secretary Baldoz.
Workplace policies and programs on drug abuse prevention and control to be adopted by companies shall include, among others, advocacy, education, and training; drug testing program for officers and employees; treatment, rehabilitation, and referral; and monitoring and evaluation.
The Department Order likewise states the roles, rights, and responsibilities of both employers and employees; as well as the enforcement and the consequences, in case of policy violations.
“The DOLE remains committed to cover more establishments for assessment this year, and embark into a more vigorous campaign to urge all companies to promote drug-free workplaces, and ultimately to ensure that the country’s labor force is protected from the harms of illegal drugs,” the DOLE chief finally said.
END/aldm/with reports from the Bureau of Working Conditions