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Chamber promotes drug-free businesses

February 12, 2007

Lowndes County - Small businesses are always looking to cut costs while still providing a safe environment to employees.

The Drugs Don't Work Program can do both.  "They are happy with what it does for their employees, developing a better workforce, a drug free work-force they know they can county on," says Program Chairman Ed Cockman.

When joining the program offered by the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce, businesses must implement a substance abuse policy in the workplace.  "You are also required to have testing, whether it's pre-employment, post accident or random," he says.

General Contracting company Pinnacle Prime has no regrets since joining the program.  "We've experienced what we feel is reduced turnover, improved employee morale, reduced absenteeism," says Lee Burkett, Human Resources Manager at Pinnacle Prime.

But that's not all.

Employees at Pinnacle Prime work around dangerous equipment every day. Being a member of the program, the company assures them the safest work environment possible.  "Anything we can do to show all our employees that we are concerned with their safety and providing them with a safe workplace is a major importance," he says.

And as an added benefit, companies who join receive a 7.5 percent discount on the cost of workman's comp.  "In 2006 resulted in approximately 35 thousand dollars savings to Pinnacle Prime," Burkett says.

Allowing them to put that money back into the business.

To find out more about the Drugs Don't Work Program and other Programs offered by the Chamber, click here.

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