Drugs and Alcohol at Work


Employees who come to work drunk or on drugs risk the safety of not only themselves, but their co-workers too.

Here are 5 important factors when considering drugs and alcohol in the workplace:
  1. Ensure there is a clause in the employment contract about drugs and alcohol.
  1. Have a clear and concise drug and alcohol policy. Ensure that all employees have read and understood the policy and you have acknowledgement of this occurring.
  1. Make sure all staff members stick to this policy.
  1. Ensure the policy is enforced if an employee is found to have drugs or alcohol in their system.
  1. If an employee appears to be affected by drugs or alcohol when at work, immediately speak to the employee.

If you have a no smoking policy in your company the e-cigarette is something you should consider. Including a clause surrounding “tobacco-like products” can help to ensure that your company’s no smoking policy is adhered to by all types of smokers.

When training or inducting employees, clearly state what your organisation’s drug and alcohol policy is. Be very careful about what you say about drug detection periods as this could distract from a zero tolerance policy.

For more information on drug and alcohol policies, contact us on (08) 9316 9896 or enquiries@processworx.com.au.


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Marisa Ross

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Marisa is an experienced and motivated HR professional with a strong HR generalist and business operations background with a focus on employee relations, performance management, leadership training & development, workers compensation & injury management, and employee retention. Marisa holds a Bachelor of Human Resource Management and a Bachelor of Behavioural Science with a minor in Counselling. Having worked in a variety of industries from SMEs to large blue-chip organisations, Marisa is passionate about enriching employee experience, employee retention, and building leadership capability in people management.

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Aimee Grigson

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Aimee has a strong understanding of Workplace Health and Safety Legislation and standards and has extensive HSEQ experience in a number of industries. Aimee has a great ability to engage across all levels of organisation, including field teams, leadership and external stakeholders. Aimee ensures Health and Safety Management Systems are compliant to legislation, effectively implemented and understood by all. Aimee has a Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety and qualifications in auditing and incident investigations. Aimee is passionate about coaching and developing small businesses towards a positive safety culture.