National Drug & Alcohol Screening Association Formed
NDASA launched in Washington, D.C., under the direction of Jo McGuire. It has announced its first Annual Conference & Trade Show will take place March 26-29, 2019, at the Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk hotel.
A new industry organization has launched with much applause from employers, safety managers, and HR directors across the United States. The National Drug & Alcohol Screening Association (NDASA) launched in Washington, D.C., earlier this year under the direction of Jo McGuire.
The stated mission of NDASA is to advocate for safe and drug-free workplaces and communities through legislative advocacy, education, training, and excellence in drug and alcohol testing services.
"This organization was formed to be the voice of the drug and alcohol testing industry in collaboration with the safety community during a time of great change in laws pertaining to substances of abuse and an opioid epidemic that demands attention," said McGuire, NDASA's founding chairman of the Board.
"We launched in our nation's capital with a national press conference and two days of advocacy where we were well received by federal agencies and policy-makers, many of whom were surprised that we have data to support the success of workplace drug testing programs for advancing safety."
NDASA has assembled leaders representing a wealth of knowledge and experience, forming a highly collaborative body of experts that can thoughtfully and effectively support the mission and vision. From safe workplaces, consortium management, policy development, technology advancement, scientific research, medical oversight, business leadership, and law enforcement drug recognition all the way to drug and alcohol prevention, treatment, and recovery, the goal is to support employers in maintaining the highest level of safety standards with well-qualified employees.
"Employee substance use costs U.S. employers over $164 billion annually," said McGuire. "The small-business owner can lose upwards of $7,000 per month in lost revenue due to employee turnover, absenteeism, lack of productivity, accidents, injuries, and even workplace fatalities. With all the work our safety managers put in to follow safety standards, the national drug epidemic unravels that hard work and wreaks havoc for employers in finding and keeping a solid, stable workforce.
"Our advocacy and education efforts are not only meant to support the safety industry, but to partner with employers for more effective workplace drug policies. We welcome new members from all sectors of the workforce and look forward to accomplishing great things together!"
The association has announced its first Annual Conference & Trade Show will take place March 26-29, 2019, at the Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk hotel.
For more information on the organization, visit www.ndasa.com or email JoMcGuire@ndasa.com.