alcohol and drug abuse prevention in the workplace

Drug And Alcohol Abuse In The Workplace: 4 Basics

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Employees and managers

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Addressing drug and alcohol abuse in the workplace is not just about compliance – it’s about creating a safe and healthy workplace for everyone.

Dealing With Drug And Alcohol Abuse In The Workplace

1. Drug and Alcohol Abuse Risks

Drug and alcohol abuse can have serious consequences for both individuals and the company.

These risks include impaired judgment, decreased productivity, increased accidents and injuries, absenteeism, and potential legal liabilities.

It can negatively impact not only the user but also their colleagues and the overall work environment.

2. Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention


It starts with awareness. Make sure you are informed about the effects of drugs and alcohol and their impact on work performance.

Open Communication

Encourage an open dialogue about the risks associated with substance abuse.

Employees should feel comfortable discussing their concerns or seeking help if needed.

Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)

Companies can establish an EAP to provide confidential support for personal and work-related issues, including substance abuse.

Take advantage of this resource if you or someone you know needs assistance.

3. Compliance Needs

Company Policies

Familiarize yourself with your company’s policies on drug and alcohol abuse.

Violations can lead to disciplinary action, up to and including termination.

Drug Testing

Some companies may conduct drug testing as part of their compliance measures.

It’s important to be aware of the policies and procedures related to testing.

Legal Compliance

Understand and adhere to federal and state laws regarding drug and alcohol use in the workplace.

Compliance is not just a company requirement but a legal obligation.

4. Creating a Culture of Responsibility

Lead by Example

As employees and team members, we all play a role in fostering a culture of responsibility.

Lead by example and encourage your colleagues to do the same.

Supportive Environment

If you notice signs of substance abuse in a colleague, report it to HR or a supervisor. Contribute to a supportive environment that promotes well-being.

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