Drug and alcohol related problems have been found to be major contributors to workplace injuries and decreases in productivity in recent years. As a business owner or manager, you have a duty to provide a safe working environment for your employees and the general public at large.
Having a clear and comprehensive drug policy in place helps minimise the costs of drug abuse and create an environment that is drug-safe for all employees.
What is a workplace drug policy?
A drug policy is a document that outlines the objectives, limits, strategies and consequences of your workplace-based program for the prevention and control of drug and alcohol abuse. It affects every single person in your organisation, from the business owner down to the newest recruit.
How to begin drug policy development
To help you begin the drug policy development, we will work hand in hand with your team to gather information and identify the unique context in which your business operates. We will collect input from many people throughout your organisation such as the management, unions, workers, supervisors and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) teams to assess the presence and impact of drug and alcohol use in your workplace. This will enable us to formulate a drug policy that is customised to your needs and business culture.
What is included in a drug policy?
The most important component of a drug policy is the definition of what is and what is not acceptable behaviour and practice regarding alcohol and drug use. It should clearly state if you are going to implement limits or a zero-tolerance policy for any and all use of illegal substances in the workplace. It can also dictate that no employee should arrive to work under the influence of alcohol and drugs, and can define acceptable and unacceptable behaviours during a workplace function that may have alcohol present. A drug policy must also lay out the consequences of said actions and behaviours in clear, digestible language.
We will help you determine what the consequences will be depending on the nature of your business and the environment you want to foster. Some businesses have zero-tolerance to alcohol and drug use, and will therefore resort to termination of the drug-using employee. Some aim for rehabilitation of the offending employee while other organisations use a combination of rehabilitation and penalties depending on the individual situation.
However way you go, we will provide you with drug policy development guidance and ensure that we come up with a fair, well-considered drug policy that meets your requirements.