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DRUGS POLICY

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• Be prepared! By having the guidelines of a drugs policy in place there is less chance that the company will lose out... or that staff will feel de-valued by any drugs testing approach • A good policy will view drug & alcohol misuse as a health problem... it will be more effective if one employee is named with overall responsibility

• A definition of drug and alcohol misuse needs to be made... including the misuse of any solvents and similar substances at work • The procedures for confidentiality, employee interviews, support availability and disciplinary action should be stated

• There are many organisations who have looked at issues around drugs and alcohol misuse in the workplace... as well as drugs testimg

• Guidelines exist from the Health and Safety Executive and independent reports have also been commissioned by the TUC and charitable foundations

• Developing a drugs policy is seen as the best way forward to support employees and the company • To understand the issues from all sides will help to keep the workplace productive, happy and safe

RIGHTS

• Legal employment frameworks uphold privacy and dignity for employees... proper proceedings are expected and of course any evidence in disciplinary hearings should be of a good standard

• Employers need to look after public safety • The Human Rights Act applies in the public sector... where an employee might refuse to accept a drugs

test or to answer questions along these lines... dismissal for such refusal is seen as inappropriately harsh

• Drugs testing is of course accepted in sports... and is used extensively in the criminal justice system • Testing technology has improved and employers are increasingly willing to use this approach

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SUPPORT

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The Drugs Book  

The Drugs Book is an advice and help guide to the misuse of drugs aimed at teenagers and other educational providers

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