Virtual Safety Council: Maintaining a Safe & Productive Workplace While Responding to Employees’ Changing Needs

Virtual Safety Council: Maintaining a Safe & Productive Workplace While Responding to Employees’ Changing Needs

Thursday, May 13, 2021 (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM) (EDT)


Employees are a critical business asset and possibly the greatest factor in the survival of a company. But if statistics can be believed, there are serious problems taking seed among the workforce during these unprecedented times. Even before all the stresses of 2020, American workers testing positive for illicit drugs hit a sixteen-year high in 2019. And since then, drug overdose deaths have risen, almost a third of adults report drinking on the clock, and over half of the country has suffered at least one negative mental health effect from COVID-19 related stress. Learn what steps employers can take to not only support and retain their employees but maintain workplace safety, productivity, and overall well-being.

Learning Objectives:
To increase awareness of:

  1. drug trends currently impacting the workplace and workforce
  2. how the COVID-19 pandemic is influencing these trends
  3. how these trends can impact drug-free workplace policies/programs and operations
  4. best-practice strategies to prevent and respond to related challenges
  5. new resources and opportunities (including grants) available to employers

The Hancock County Safety Council is partially funded through the Ohio Department of Safety and Hygiene and holds regular meetings to increase awareness of a safe environment in the workplace. The Council meets the first Thursday of the month from 12pm. to 1 p.m.

Registration is $10.

24 hr. cancellation notice required.

About Karen Pierce:
Karen Pierce is the Managing Director of Working Partners®, a training and consulting firm specializing in helping workplaces minimize the risks associated with substance misuse.

Working in the alcohol/drug profession since 1982, Karen initially specialized in treatment and prevention services, and spent the past 27 years consulting with businesses and communities around drug-free workplace issues. She received an undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University and Masters' degrees in Social Work & Public Policy & Management from The Ohio State University. 

She directed the state’s Drug-Free Workforce Community Initiative and served on the Board of Directors for Prevention Action Alliance, Alcohol Drug Abuse Prevention Association of Ohio's (ADAPAO) Prevention Think Tank, and several statewide alcohol/drug task forces including Ohio’s Prevention Round Table. She has received several distinctions for her work in the prevention field including the “Excellence in Prevention” and “Prevention Advocate” awards presented by Ohio’s Prevention Association.



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Thursday, May 13, 2021 (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM) (EDT)
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