With each passing day, more and more workplaces are implementing drug and alcohol policies that help ensure the health and safety of everyone working in the company, from the rank and file to top management. While the figures have been encouraging for advocates of work and health safety, it remains a fact that many companies have yet to put a drug policy in place. If you’re an employer and your company is one of those places that have not established a drug policy just yet, what should you do? Here’s a guideline that can help you start.
Draft and implement a drug policy
There is only one logical answer to that question, and that is to draft and implement a drug and alcohol policy the soonest possible time.
A working drug policy will always be in the best interest of everyone in the workplace. The health and safety of every single human being in a factory or an office — from the truck drivers to you, the employer — should always be of the highest priority, and a clear drug policy is the best way to underscore that priority. Aside from safeguarding everyone in the workplace, a drug policy also helps in preventing employees from becoming unproductive, unable to focus, and poor performers at work.
Things to include in your drug policy
Should you decide to finally develop a drug and alcohol policy for your company, there are some things that you need to keep in mind. When drafting your workplace drug policy, the following should be made clear:
- The use, consumption, possession, manufacture, sale, buying, or transfer of illegal drugs in the workplace is absolutely prohibited
- The drug and blood alcohol content levels that will amount to a violation of the drug and alcohol policy
- A fair and transparent system and procedure for mandatory drug and alcohol testing
- Penalties for employees who fail mandatory drug and alcohol testing
Once a drug policy has been drafted, it is essential that all employees be made aware of it and all its stipulations through a drug safety program. All workers must have a copy of the policy, whether hard or electronic ones. To help them better understand the drug policy, it would help if seminars on it are to be conducted. They need to be aware of the policy in order to be fully-informed about not only of the dangers of drug use in the workplace, but also about the consequences they have to face if and when they breach the drug policy.
Ask legal counsel for help
Always remember that your drug and alcohol policy should always be in accordance with the Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) laws of Australia. Admittedly, drafting a drug policy could prove to be a bit tricky, since there is no one comprehensive federal statute that completely addresses all drug policy concerns, including workplace drug testing. Each state and territory in Australia has its own occupational health and safety (OH&S) laws of its own, and it’s important for your drug policy to be following them as well. That is why developing a workplace drug policy should be done with the help of an attorney. Every single item on your drug and alcohol policy should be closely looked at by your lawyer before implementing them.