Since logistics employee substance abuse can have a significantnegative effect on logistics efficiency and effectiveness, logisticsmanagers should develop policies and procedures effectively to controllogistics employee substance abuse. This article provides a benchmarkfor managers who seek to develop such policies by reporting the resultsof a survey of current US corporate logistics substance abuse policiesand practices. Forty per cent of the respondents reported not having awritten substance abuse policy. The most widely used detection methodswere management observation followed by drug testing. Only 50 per centof the firms employed preemployment screening and less than 40 per centscreened current logistics employees. Of those who did drug test, morethan twothirds tested for cause only, in all logistics occupationsexcept truck driver, airline pilot and vehicle mechanic. Logisticsmanagement should aggressively pursue substance abuse policydevelopment, preemployment screening, detection methods for all jobclassifications and employee assistance programmes.
International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management – Emerald Publishing
Published: Mar 1, 1991
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