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US Corporate Substance Abuse Policies: A Benchmark

International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management

ISSN: 0960-0035

Article publication date: 1 March 1991



Since logistics employee substance abuse can have a significant negative effect on logistics efficiency and effectiveness, logistics managers should develop policies and procedures effectively to control logistics employee substance abuse. This article provides a benchmark for managers who seek to develop such policies by reporting the results of a survey of current US corporate logistics substance abuse policies and practices. Forty per cent of the respondents reported not having a written substance abuse policy. The most widely used detection methods were management observation followed by drug testing. Only 50 per cent of the firms employed pre‐employment screening and less than 40 per cent screened current logistics employees. Of those who did drug test, more than two‐thirds tested for cause only, in all logistics occupations except truck driver, airline pilot and vehicle mechanic. Logistics management should aggressively pursue substance abuse policy development, pre‐employment screening, detection methods for all job classifications and employee assistance programmes.



Lorin Cook, R. and Holton Wilson, J. (1991), "US Corporate Substance Abuse Policies: A Benchmark", International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Vol. 21 No. 3, pp. 31-38.




Copyright © 1991, MCB UP Limited

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