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So, why should an employee's drug abuse be your problem?

by , 26 September 2016
Taking drugs is bad enough (not to mention illegal!) but taking drugs while on the job could lead to even bigger issues. This is what a South African woman found out on a working trip to Uganda to prepare for a film shoot when she took cocaine. She now needs be treated for paralysis to her right side after taking the drugs.

Now, you may think this is not your problem, but let me show you why it is...

Drug (and alcohol) abuse can cause huge expenses for your business, from lost productivity to injuries and increases in health claims.

Let's take a look at what a drug abusing employee could cost your business and how to avoid it…


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An employee's drug abuse IS your problem

If you have an employee who seems to drink or on drugs, you mustn't let him into your office or you must make him leave your premises (OHSA General Safety Regulation 2A, intoxication).

If one of your employee's is under the influence, it can affect their concentration and judgement, slower reactions, driving skills, and violent or aggressive behaviour occurs.

Here are just a few of the ways certain drugs can effect your employees work performance and cost your business:

  • Cocaine (Coke, crack, nose candy, snow) causes increased aggression and risk-taking behaviour. It can make your employee extremely anxious, paranoid or even begin to hallucinate. Just think about it, if he's paranoid he may act out violently towards a fellow colleague or jump off one of your roofs if he starts hallucinating! This can cost you in medical bills, COID claims and downtime when the employee can't come to work.
  • Dagga (Cannabis, boom, dope, ganja, grass, marijuana, pot, spiff): These impair movement or muscular and also affects driving skills and judgment. How is this your problem? Your employee could cause serious accidents if he isn't paying attention while working on a machine. Costing you thousands in repairs, and medical bills if anyone is hurt!
  • Narcotics (Heroin, smack, H, tik): Can cause slowed breathing and heart rate, anxiety, tremor, muscle spasms, abdominal cramps, personality changes or drowsiness. Your employee's life is not only at risk here, but his actions damage your property… If a spasm or tremor causes him to drop any tools. Or he could even chop off a finger if his hand tremors while operating any machinery with blades.

Still not convinced your employee's drug abuse is your problem? Keep reading and I'll tell you how it can cost your business…


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  2. Or the incident they reported is something the COID Fund doesn't cover.
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Why substance abuse will cost your business

Most jobs require employees to have quick reflexes and to be alert and accurate. Impairment of these qualities can cause serious accidents and interfere with work.

Some of the costs are:
  • Increase in incidents/accidents, which leads to an increase in COID claims;
  • People missing work because of accidents;
  • People dying from overdoses;
  • Employees taking 'false' sick leave to nurse their hangovers;
  • Employees not concentrating or being productive at work; or
  • Tardiness/sleeping on the job.

And that's where we come in… The good news is you can avoid all these costs and effects using one simple tool. It tells you step-by-step how to create a drug free workplace. In fact, it's so handy it even gives you ready-to-use templates and policies like:

  • Drug-free Workplace Policy Template;
  • Alcohol/Drug Test Request Form;
  • Confidential Request for Assistance;
  • Confidential Formal Referral for Assistance.

Click here to get yours now!

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