HomeHome SearchSearch MenuMenu Our productsOur products

Five key areas to address in your drug and alcohol policy to protect your employees and your company

by , 14 April 2015
If you don't have a drug and alcohol policy, you're breaking the OHS Act!

And your employees are at risk of having a serious accident if they work under the influence.

Don't let your employees' negligence put your business on the wrong side of the DoL.

Read on to find out what key areas you should include in your drug and alcohol policy to protect your employees and your business from penalties!

**********Exclusive offer**********

Get your hands on the ultimate health and safety guide today and have peace of mind you're complying with health and safety laws

The Health and Safety Advisor Loose Leaf Service is a genuine practical guide that offers:
 Prompt information of any law changes
 Correct interpretation of the law - solutions from specialists
 Recommendations for the correct application of the law
 Warnings about the repercussions of not complying with the law
 Warnings of possible hazards, certain pitfalls in the law
 Tips to prepare for your DoL inspections
 Samples of documents you need to prepare ...

Everything you need to ensure your health and safety information is correct and compliant!

Get yours today!

*****************************

The five key areas you need to address


1. The wording of your policy
The wording of the policy is important. It should be clear and easy to understand. So clearly outline how your company intends to deal with drug and alcohol issues. If you need to use your policy for a disciplinary procedure, you need to make sure that there are no loopholes that could catch you out on!

2. How it's communicated
You must communicate the policy in a supportive way. And at the same time clearly detailing procedures. If drug and alcohol testing is going to be a compulsory part of your policy, you need to say so. It's also a good idea to get each employee to sign the document and save it in their personnel file.

3. Who it should apply to
Your policy should apply to all employees. Substance abuse problems don't limit themselves to certain employees! The last thing you need is an employee accusing you of unfairness. So apply your policy to everyone. From top management right down to the labourers in the factory.

4. Confidentiality
You must address the issue of privacy in your policy. You must include this to protect your employees' rights. You might be held liable for bad treatment if your employee's substance abuse problem leaks out.

5. Monitoring
You need to look at monitoring and reviewing your policy at least once a year. It'd be a good idea to include this as part of your risk assessment.


Substance abuse can lead to health and safety problems.  It affects your employees and your company. And gives rise to increased costs and lower productivity.

By taking these five areas into account, you'll be able to more effectively manage these risks and protect your business and employees.


Related articles




Related articles



Related Products



Comments
0 comments


Recommended for You 

  Quick Tax Solutions for Busy Taxpayers – 35 tax answers at a glance



Here are all the most interesting, thought-provoking and common tax questions
asked by our subscribers over the last tax year – everything from A to Z!

To download Quick Tax Solutions for Busy Taxpayers – 35 tax answers at a glance click here now >>>
  Employees always sick? How to stop it today



Make sure you develop a leave policy to regulate sick leave in your company.

BONUS! You'll find an example of the leave policy and procedure in this report.

To download Employees always sick? How to stop it today click here now >>>
  Absenteeism: Little known ways to reduce absenteeism



This FREE e-report will tell you how you can reduce absenteeism in your workplace while avoiding the CCMA and without infringing your employees' labour rights.

To download Absenteeism: Little known ways to reduce absenteeism click here now >>>
  7 Health & safety strategies to save you thousands



Don't let a health and safety incident cost you one more cent. Implement these seven
strategies in your company today.

To download 7 Health & safety strategies to save you thousands click here now >>>