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Safety misconduct and zero tolerance: Companies have to check this!

by , 25 February 2015
As The Occupational Health and Safety Act states in its section about the General Regulations and company policy, some acts of misconduct should be given a zero tolerance.

"What acts?" you wonder. It urges employers to make sure that none of the following aspects are left out.


As section 2(a) of the The Occupational Health and Safety Act mentions, here are some safety misconduct acts you should never ignore.

 
2A. Intoxication

    1. Subject to the provisions of sub regulation (3), an employer or a user, as the case may be, shall not permit any person who is or who appears to be under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs, to enter or remain at a workplace.

    2. Subject to the provisions of sub regulation (3), no person at a workplace shall be under the influence of or have in his or her possession or partake of or offer any other person intoxicating liquor or drugs.


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    3. An employer or a user, as the case may be, shall, in the case where a person is taking medicines, only allow such person to perform duties at the workplace if the side effects of such medicine do not constitute a threat to the health or safety of the person concerned or other persons at such workplace.

From the general regulations above it is clear that, as an employer, you have a duty to ensure that employees;
  • who appears to be under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs are not allowed to work, enter or remain at the workplace;
  • are not under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs at the workplace;
  • do not have intoxicating liquor or drugs in their possession;
  • do not offer intoxicating liquor or drugs to other employees.

Companies should have zero tolerance regarding these aspects as the risks of such behaviour generally affects more than just one person.


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