Drink and Drugs in the Office?
Alcohol, drugs and other substances in the office can cause many problems and our focus this week is on the policy which helps you, the employer, lay down some rules which assist if you do need to take action.
ALCOHOL & SUBSTANCE (DRUGS) POLICY
Our comprehensive policy covers:
This policy sets out the way in which an organisation deals with and manages the use and effects of alcohol and drugs (substances) at work. All of our policies combine professional legal and personnel / HR knowledge with practical experience in business to provide an easy to use policy which meets with legal responsibilities and obligations.
The use and effects of alcohol and drugs are a major health and safety concern and, unless properly managed, may also lead to the employer committing criminal offences.
A written policy like this one helps employees to understand the procedures to be followed. It also explains the rights and responsibilities of both the employer and the employee. If properly followed, a policy will also help ensure that the employer complies with all their legal duties and obligations whilst protecting employees.
THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING:
This written policy deals with procedures for:
- Alcohol and drug use at work.
- Working after you have drunk alcohol.
- Working after you have taken drugs.
- Working after you have taken drugs prescribed by your doctor or hospital.
It covers the issues that such policies need to deal with including:
- Explanation of health and safety and effects.
- Explanation of what is illegal and the penalties for illegal activity for both alcohol and drugs (such as under the Misuse of drugs legislation).
- How employees who use and / or are dependant on drugs and alcohol are dealt with.
- Information about recognising alcohol and drug abuse / dependency.
- Random testing.
- Includes a simple flowchart showing Substance / Alcohol Dependency Procedure.
- Lists National confidential Agencies who offer support.
- Employee responsibility.