Drug and Alcohol Policy


  • Document Reference: ML-DAP
  • Document Version: 1.0
  • Last Updated & Approved: 22/12/2023
  • Review Period: 12 months
  • Next Review Date: 22/12/2024

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Definitions
  • Employee’s Compliance
  • General Provisions
  • Policy Enforcement
  • Support
  • Limitations
  • Seeking External Help
  • Summary

Introduction

The influence of alcohol or drugs can significantly impact judgment and reactions, increasing the risk of accidents and injuries. Problems related to alcohol and drug abuse can also negatively affect work performance and behavior. This policy aims to establish clear rules regarding the use and possession of alcohol and drugs, ensuring the safety of employees, contractors, and visitors. Additionally, it supports those who report alcohol or drug dependence issues.

Definitions

• Alcohol dependence: Regular intoxicating liquor consumption by an employee impairing performance, attendance, or endangering others’ safety.
• Drug dependence: Regular non-prescription drug use by an employee impairing performance, attendance, or endangering others’ safety.

Employee’s Compliance

  • Employees must avoid alcohol or unlawful drugs during work hours or prior periods that may affect their performance;
  • Possession of alcohol or illegal drugs in the workplace is prohibited;
  • Reporting to work unfit due to alcohol or drugs is not allowed;
  • Supplying others with illegal drugs or alcohol in the workplace is strictly prohibited;
  • Employees taking prescription drugs must inform their manager of any side effects affecting work performance or safety;
  • The company supports staff with alcohol or drug abuse issues through treatment cooperation and enforces disciplinary procedures for performance or behavior issues.

General Provisions

• Applicable to all employees;
• Consistent and fair treatment for all, with confidentiality on alcohol and drug matters;
• Communicated during induction and available on the intranet or employee handbook;
• The company raises awareness of alcohol or drug issues, providing support information;
• Managers receive training on identifying and dealing with staff alcohol and drug issues.

Policy Enforcement

Strict enforcement of the alcohol and drugs policy, with disciplinary action for breaches. Immediate termination for agency workers or contractors violating the policy. Individuals suspected of being under the influence during work will be sent home, and illegal drug possession on company premises will be reported to the Police.

Support:

Encourages disclosure of alcohol or drug-related illnesses for early support. Support includes the following:

• Line Managers assisting employees in recognizing the problem;
• Possible time off for treatment or support group attendance;
• Support during treatment, such as sick leave, restricted duties, or temporary transfer if feasible.

Limitations:

No special assistance for non-cooperation in referral or treatment; performance and behaviour issues addressed through disciplinary procedures.

Seeking External Support

Here is a list of most common help providing charities and institutions.

Drinkline:

Drinkline runs a free, confidential helpline for people who are concerned about their own drinking, or someone else’s.

Web:

Helpline: 0800 917 8282

NHS Choices Alcohol Misuse Website:

National Health Service advice page dedicated to alcohol related problems.

Web: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/alcohol-misuse/pages/introduction.aspx

Helpline:

Drinkaware:

Drinkaware works to reduce alcohol misuse and harm in the UK.

Web: https://www.drinkaware.co.uk

Helpline:

Addaction:

Addaction is the UK’s leading drug and alcohol charity, helping over 40,000 people a year to recover from their addiction problems.

Web: http://www.addaction.org.uk/default.asp

Helpline:

Al-Anon:

Provide support to anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drinking, regardless of whether that person is still drinking or not.

Web: http://www.al-anonuk.org.uk

Helpline:

Alcoholics Anonymous Great Britain:

AA is an organisation of men and women who share their experience with each other hoping to solve their problems and help others to recover from alcoholism.

Web: http://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk

Helpline:

NHS Choices Drug Dependence Website:

National Health Service advice page dedicated to drug related issues.

Web: http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/drugs/pages/drugtreatment.aspx

Helpline:

Addaction:

Addaction is the UK’s leading drug and alcohol charity, helping over 40,000 people a year to recover from their addiction problems.

Web: http://www.addaction.org.uk/default.asp

Helpline:

Talk to Frank:

National drugs awareness site for young people and parents/carers.

Web: http://www.talktofrank.com

Helpline:

Narcotics Anonymous

Web: http://ukna.org

Helpline: 0300 999 1212

 

Summary

The policy aims to create a safe and productive work environment while promoting employee well-being and to address substance-related issues within the workforce. Regular communication and awareness campaigns are crucial components to ensure understanding and adherence to the policy. By adhering to this Drug and Alcohol Policy, we aim to create a workplace that prioritises safety, health of our employees.

 

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