Business owners and human resource professionals are invited to a free workshop on establishing a drug-free workshop. The workshop runs from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on May 15 in the Duggins Foundation Room of the Dr. Jack E. Campbell College Center on Walters State Community College’s Morristown campus.
“This workshop will show employers and human resource officials the steps that should be completed in establishing a drug-free workplace,” said Connie O’Vercum, coordinator of professional development and employer training at Walters State’s Center for Workforce Development.
O’Vercum said the workshop is meant to provide information and those attending do not have to commit to a policy.
“Those attending this workshop will leave with knowledge of how to identify and respond to substance abuse problems in the workplace. We’ll also discuss drug-related statistics and talk about the effect substance abuse has in the workplace.”
Speakers include Lance Wheaton of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Wheaton is the program coordinator for the drug-free workplace initiative under the workers compensation division. Camille Griffin will also lead a session. She is president of C.H. Griffin and Associates, a company providing consulting services in this area. The company also specializes in Department of Transportation drug testing at the federal level.
O’Vercum encourages those attending to bring their questions as well as their experiences to share with other attendees. The workshop is offered at no cost and is funded by the Tennessee Career Center, an American Jobs Center and the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
Reservations are requested and may be made by contacting O’Vercum at (423) 318-2341 or Connie.Overcum@ws.edu
In the picture: Noah Roark, human resource director at Laughlin Memorial, and Connie O’Vercum, coordinator of professional development and employer training at Walters State’s Center for Workforce Development, discuss the importance of drug-free workplace policies. A seminar for employers interested in learning more about drug-free workplace policies will be held May 15 at Walters State’s Morristown campus.