Employers and employees are required by law to address the issue of alcohol and drugs in the workplace.
- Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
- Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
- Transport and Works Act 1992
- Road Traffic Act 1988
- Misuse of Drugs Act 1971
The Health & Safety Executive have published two reports:
These documents address the benefits to employers and businesses by successfully tackling alcohol & drugs misuse in the workplace.
The HSE point out:
“You have a general duty under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of your employees.”
The HSE encourage employers to create a ‘policy on drug misuse’ as part of their organisation’s overall Health & Safety policy.
According to the World Health Organisation global action plan, every employee should have access to a health consultation service at work.