Federal Drug-Free Workplace Programs

The Federal Drug-Free Workplace Programs, as mandated by Executive Order 12564 and Public Law 100-71, is a comprehensive program to address illicit drug use by federal employees, certification of Executive Branch agency Drug-Free Workplace Plans, and identification of safety-sensitive positions subject to random drug testing.


It is a requirement of OSHA that employees be given a safe and healthy workplace that is reasonably free of occupational hazards. However, it is unrealistic to expect accidents not to happen. Therefore, employers are required to provide medical and first aid personnel and supplies commensurate with the hazards of the workplace. The details of a workplace medical and first aid program are dependent on the circumstances of each workplace and employer. The intent of this page is to provide general information that may be of assistance. If additional information is required, an Occupational Health Professional should be contacted.

Medical and first aid services are addressed in specific standards for the general industry, shipyard employment, marine terminals, long shoring, and the construction industry.

Read more about Employer Responsibilities

Employers Must:

  • Follow all relevant OSHA safety and health standards.
  • Find and correct safety and health hazards.
  • Inform employees about chemical hazards through training, labels, alarms, color-coded systems, chemical information sheets and other methods.
  • As of January 1, 2015, notify OSHA within 8 hours of a workplace fatality or within 24 hours of any work-related inpatient hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye (1-800-321-OSHA [6742]); www.osha.gov/report_online).
  • Provide required personal protective equipment at no cost to workers.*
  • Keep accurate records of work-related injuries and illnesses.
  • Post OSHA citations, injury and illness summary data, and the OSHA Job Safety and Health – It’s The Law poster in the workplace where workers will see them.
  • Not retaliate against any worker for using their rights under the law.

Please visit our CPR/First Aid Section for class schedules.