02. Policy 1: Alcohol and Drugs

Joshua Easton

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The company is committed to provide a safe, healthy, and productive workplace for all employees.

The company recognises that alcohol, or other substance abuse by staff will impair their ability to perform properly.

It will have adverse effects on the safety, efficiency and productivity of other employees, customers and the company as a whole.

The misuse of legitimate drugs, or the use, possession, distribution or sale of illicit or non-prescribed controlled drugs on company business or premises, is strictly prohibited.

Possession, use, distribution or sale of alcoholic beverages on company premises is not allowed without prior approval of appropriate senior management.

Failure to meet this policy will result in appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal.

Being unfit at work because of use of drugs or alcohol is strictly prohibited and is grounds for dismissal.

While this policy refers specifically to alcohol and other drugs, it is intended to apply to all forms of substance abuse.

The company reserves the right to ask an employee to undergo testing for alcohol or other drug use during normal business hours as described and in accordance with our Drug Testing Policy.

Alcohol or drug dependency may be a treatable condition depending upon the circumstances of each individual case.

Staff members who suspect they have an alcohol or drug dependency are encouraged to seek advice and to follow appropriate treatment promptly before it results in work performance problems.

This policy does not require, and should not result in, any special regulations, privileges, or exemptions from normal job performance requirements.

If it is established that the employee is deemed to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol to a degree that it affects their work performance, during work hours, then the employee may be required to leave the workplace and take annual leave until in a fit state to return to work or where subject to a positive indication in a drug test, be suspended with pay in accordance with our Drug Test Policy.

Any worker who takes prescription drugs should check with their doctor to establish if the use of the drug will impair their work performance or pose a safety risk to the worker or any other person in the workplace.

If so, the worker should seek advice in writing from their doctor and provide a copy of this letter to their manager / supervisor.

Employee Sign-off

I, ………………………………………. have read, understand and agree to abide by the responsibilities set out in the Alcohol and Other Drugs policy.