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Opioids at Work: Legal Policy & Practice Improvements to Address Workplace Conditions & Better Protect Workers from Drug Misuse - On-Demand

Opioids at Work: Legal Policy & Practice Improvements to Address Workplace Conditions & Better Protect Workers from Drug Misuse - On-Demand

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Opioids at Work: Legal Policy & Practice Improvements to Address Workplace Conditions & Better Protect Workers from Drug Misuse - On-Demand

Webinar now available On-Demand.

WEBINAR SNAPSHOT: Learn how the opioid overdose epidemic impacts different occupations and industry groups and how to apply NIOSH and legal guidance related to opioids response and resources available to help guide workplace policies, programs, and practices on opioid misuse in the workplace.


As a result of the ongoing opioid overdose epidemic, unintentional poisonings are now the number-one cause of accidental death in the United States, surpassing motor vehicle accidents. This is particularly concerning, especially for organizations operating in high safety-risk industries, which must continuously balance safety, productivity, employee health and well-being, drug use and testing policies, compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, state worker’s compensation laws, and more.

Use this widely popular webinar led by experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) who will provide an overview of how the epidemic is impacting workplaces and practical insights into what employers can do to help combat the opioid overdose epidemic’s potentially devastating impact on the workplace. The panel includes an employment and safety lawyer who will address the OSHA and employment law aspects of the issue.

After attending this webinar, you will be able to: 

  • The makeup of the opioid overdose epidemic among the U.S. population/workforce and across occupation and industry groups
  • How work-related factors, such as injuries, pain, and stress, may contribute to opioid use and misuse
  • How to apply guidance for employers related to naloxone, fentanyl, and responding to a suspected opioids overdose
  • How to align post-incident drug testing policies with OSHA’s new rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses
  • How opioid treatment may interface with legal medical marijuana use, and how the laws on worker protections for cannabis users are changing
  • How to recognize the impact that opioids have on worker productivity and safety, and when you have an obligation to take action under OSHA’s general duty clause
  • How to apply the ADA’s “reasonable accommodation” requirements, undue hardship analysis, and the “direct threat” to safety defense, as applied to workers with health issues that includes opioid treatment or other medications that can impact fitness-for-duty
  • And more!

By the end of this webinar, you’ll have a framework for ensuring that your organization’s policies, programs, and practices properly address workplace conditions to better protect workers and their well-being related to opioid exposure, use, and potential misuse.

About Your Presenter

Adele AbramsAdele L. Abrams
Law Office of Adele L. Abrams PC

Adele L. Abrams is an attorney and Certified Mine Safety Professional who is president of the Law Office of Adele L. Abrams P.C., a multi-attorney firm with offices in Beltsville, MD, Denver, CO, and Charleston, WV. The firm represents employers in OSHA and MSHA litigation nationwide, and her firm also handles employment law matters in a large number of states. Ms. Abrams and her firm colleagues provide employment and safety law consultation, safety audits, industrial hygiene assistance, and training services to companies in a variety of industries.

She is a member of the Maryland, DC and PA Bars; the U.S. District Courts of Maryland, DC, and TN; the U.S. Court of Appeals, DC Circuit 3rd Circuit, and 4th Circuit; and the United States Supreme Court. She also serves on the adjunct faculties of the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and the University of Colorado-Boulder, where she teaches on employment, labor and occupational safety law.

She has been a professional member of ASSE (now ASSP) since 1997 and has been a SPY award recipient at the practice specialty, chapter, and regional level multiple times. She is an active member of the National Safety Council, where she was awarded the Distinguished Service to Safety Award (DSSA) in 2017. Adele has co-authored several textbooks on employment law, occupational and mine safety and health, and is a regular columnist on safety law issues for multiple magazines.v

Chia-Chia ChangChia-Chia Chang, MBA, MPH
Coordinator for Partnership and New Opportunity Development
CDC’s NIOSH Office for Total Worker Health® 

Chia-Chia Chang
, MPH, MBA, is the Coordinator for Partnership and New Opportunity Development for the Office of Total Worker Health® (TWH) at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She collaborates with stakeholders to share research and promising practices related to advancing a Total Worker Health approach. She also coordinates a task with RAND to conceptualize worker well-being and serves on National Academies of Sciences Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience and Business Engagement in Building Healthy Communities. She has provided training domestically and internationally to industry associations, health and policy professionals, and Fortune 500 companies about opportunities for advancing worker well-being.

Laurel Harduar Morano, PhD, MPH

Laurel Harduar Morano, PhD, MPH
Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer
CDC’s NIOSH Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies (DSHEFS) Surveillance Branch

Dr. Laurel Harduar Morano is an occupational and environmental epidemiologist. She received her MPH in biostatistics from Boston University and her doctorate in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Harduar Morano has worked with state health departments for over a decade improving surveillance systems, linking environmental and occupational exposures with health outcomes, and analyzing/evaluating linked data sets. Over the past three years, her research has highlighted the importance of and worked towards improving opioid overdose surveillance for workers.