Drug-Free Workforce Community Initiative – Technical Assistance Course Posted on September 13, 2017, updated on October 19, 2017 by Zach Thomas Download the FACT SHEET. FACT SHEET: TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE COURSE THE PROBLEM: “WE CAN’T FIND WORKERS.” Finding healthy, drug-free workers is difficult for many companies in our community – in part, due to the fact that job seekers and employees are failing drug tests at a record-setting number. In response, Hancock County has joined forces with 16 other communities throughout Ohio to address this problem through the Working Partners® Drug-Free Workforce Community Initiative (DFWCI). THE OPPORTUNITY: A FREE Technical Assistance Course A keystone activity of the DFWCI is to offer, free of charge, a technical assistance course to five companies in our community. The outcome of the two-day technical assistance course is that each participating company will be educated and guided through a process to develop (or refine) a state-of-the art and legally sound drug-free workplace policy/program (DFWP) that will: Save you time and money. Give you systems to attract and keep quality employees. Increase insulation against corporate liability. Provide a roadmap to administer an effective and efficient DFWP policy/program. Position you as a leader in the community — taking action to improve our community’s employable workforce. Topics covered in this graduate-level course include drug trends impacting the workforce/workplace, legal issues impacting a DFWP program (e.g., Ohio’s marijuana law, ADA, DOT, OSHA), and best practices of operationalizing a policy/program. NUTS AND BOLTS. The two-day course will be held at the Findlay Inn (200 E. Main Cross St., Findlay, OH) on November 1 & 15, 2017 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (lunch provided). Selected businesses must be willing to: Complete an application. Send one – three key decision-makers to both days of classroom education and technical assistance. At least one of the key decision-makers must be the same person attending both days of the course. Allow business name and images to be used in promotional materials. TO APPLY. CLICK HERE to complete a brief application. (For a paper copy, contact Zach Thomas at [email protected]. Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. Friday, October 6, 2017, and selected businesses will be notified within 10 days after the application deadline. BOTTOM LINE. Our business community has been talking about this issue for quite some time. Now it’s time to do something about it. Will you join us?