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• Drugs in the workplace are covered by three different Acts of Parliament... and it is accepted that

employers are not responsible for staff drugs misuse outside of work hours

• Drugs misuse is considered part of health or safety issues... Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 • Specific laws cover the transport industry... responsibility is shared between employees and employers

for dangerous behaviour... including misuse of drugs... The Transport and Works Act 1992

• Employers have to assess risks in the workplace... if there are more than 5 employees this must be in writing... and risks include staff under the influence of drugs or alcohol at work... Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1992


• It is illegal for shopkeepers to sell solvents to under-18s if knowing or suspecting they are to be

misused... Intoxicating Substances (Supply) Act 1985

• It is an offence to drive or attempt to drive any motor vehicle... on the roads or in any public place...

if unfit to drive due to drugs or alcohol... or in charge of a motor vehicle... Road Traffic Act 1972 & 1988

• Drugs defined in this Act include illegal substances and even medicines prescribed by your own doctor • ‘Drug drivers’ are being increasingly caught with the new roadside test... Field Impairment Test... known as the FIT test

• It is illegal to drive with more than the following amounts of alcohol in your body... • 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood • 35 µg of alcohol in 100 ml of breath • 107 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of urine

• This can't be measured in units or drinks because people's

bodies deal with alcohol at different rates... typically one hour to process one unit of alcohol

• Shopkeepers can face big fines or prison... so most shops have an under-18

• Many people are arrested for driving the morning after drinking...

• It is illegal to sell alcohol, cigarettes or any tobacco product to under-18s

for at least 12 months for a first offence... and at least 3 years for a second offence within 10 years

ban to avoid confusion and protect their staff

• It is illegal to sell gas cigarette lighter refills to under-18s... Cigarette Lighter Refill Regulations 1999




because they can still have too much alcohol in their bloodstream

• To be on the safe side, people who plan to drive should not drink any alcohol • Maximum fine £5,000 and/or up to 6 months imprisonment... plus a disqualification


The Drugs Book  

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