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Black and Veatch

Drug-Free Workplace Promising Practice

"By mandating employee training we provide employees with the most current information on the perils of drug and alcohol abuse, and by offering EAPs we give our professionals an avenue to break the chain of destructive behavior. These two programs increase the changes of maintaining a safe and productive workforce.”

-Paul Weida
VP Safety & Health
Black & Veatch

Black & Veatch Corporation is a global engineering, construction and consulting company specializing in infrastructure development in the fields of energy, water and information. Founded in 1915, it provides conceptual and preliminary engineering services, engineering design, procurement, construction, financial management, asset management, information technology, environmental, security design and consulting and management consulting services. The employee-owned company is headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas and has more than 90 offices worldwide.

Black & Veatch’s drug-free workplace program centers around employee education, drug and alcohol testing and Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services. It provides Web-based drug and alcohol awareness training to all professionals and classroom instruction on signs and symptoms of substance abuse and how to make referrals for supervisors of high-risk operations such as construction. It conducts pre-employment, post accident, reasonable suspicion and random drug and alcohol testing. The types of tests performed vary based on local laws and, in some cases, union agreements. EAP services are offered to any permanent company employee who fails a reasonable suspicion, post-accident or random test. Employees can also access EAP services at their own discretion. Employees who enter an EAP are closely monitored to ensure program success.

In managing its drug-free workplace program, Black & Veatch engages several partners, including: St. Lukes Hospital (EAP services); Employer Health Services (Medical Review Officer); eScreen (corporate/office location drug testing); Kroll Laboratory Specialists (construction site drug testing); and Liberty Mutual (drug and alcohol awareness training).

Want to learn more?
Paul Weida, VP Safety & Health
Black & Veatch
11401 Lamar Avenue
Overland Park, Kansas 66211
Phone: (913) 458-2000
E-mail: weidapw@bv.com
Internet: www.bv.com

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