Upon the eve of one of the nation’s most well-celebrated holidays, it is important to realize its significance in another light.
The Fourth of July ranks as one of the deadliest holidays according to the National Safety Council, due to the combination of alcohol, fireworks and driving.
For example, on the 4th in 2012, one person was killed every 51 minutes in a drunk driving accident.
Even one drink can affect one’s ability to function. For an average male of 170 lbs, each drink consumed within an hour will increase his blood alcohol concentration by an average of 0.01-0.02. The same individual will dissipate alcohol at an average rate of one drink per hour. (Alcohol is eliminated through evaporation, excretion and metabolism.)
How does the amount of alcohol affect motor behavior and general functioning? See chart below:
Alcohol is not just an issue seen on national holidays and college campuses. Alcohol is the most widely substance in the workplace. Up to to 40% of industrial fatalities and 47% of industrial injuries can be linked to alcohol abuse.
It is estimated to cost 500 million lost workdays annually.
With increased risk and decreased productivity, many employers are tightening up drug and alcohol policies in the workplace. To keep your coworkers, employees and business safe, contact Employee Screening Services to see how implementing a random testing program could positively benefit your workplace safety and productivity.