Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Toolbox Talks on Drug Policy at Worksite

 1. Drug Consequences  

The misuse of alcohol and drugs could be very negative and dangerous impacts that can lead to less productivity, taking time off work, and an increase in incidents/accidents at work. 

2. Alcohol

Employees under the influence of alcohol are strictly prohibited in (YOUR COMPANY NAME) and are treated as “ZERO” tolerance policy. All type of prescribed medications that have an element of an alcoholic is not supposed to be allowed when any worker is under medical treatment. They are not allowed to resume their duty until the complete recovery from the illness. Tests have shown that alcohol can still affect the human body up to 18 hours after once have stopped drinking. Alcohol is an intoxicant, which overcomes the human brain functions & capabilities and slows down reactions and the perception of danger. The worker who is under the alcohol influence is at much greater risk if he works at height, with machinery/vehicles or is involved in moving large items.  He doesn’t have to be drunk to have sustained some impairment. If he knows of a co-worker who drinks, then he is not helping him or himself. 

He is unable to:

  • Cover for the drinker’s poor productivity.
  • Cover his/her mistakes.
  • Make excuses on his/her behalf.

3. What You Should Do?

Take control of the situation and do the following immediately: 

  1. 1Don’t allow the situation to continue. Stop covering for the drinker.
  2. Talk to your supervisor. 
  3. 3Watch out for your co-worker as he/she may need help. 

4. Illegal Drugs

  1. You or your co-workers are far more likely to have an accident when under the influence of illegal drugs.
  2. If you know that your colleague/co-worker is taking drugs, tell your supervisor or line manager.
  3. All drugs can affect your ability to work safely. 
  4. Drugs and work don’t mix. 
  5. Prescribed/Non-Prescribed Drugs:

The most frequent side effect of prescribed/non prescribed drugs which affect work activities is drowsiness, which reduces the drinker’s level of alertness and increases reaction time. Taking medication and then coming to work and using machinery/vehicles or tools, can be the most hazardous and dangerous. If anyone of you does come to work and you require to take medication, always remember the following key points:

  1. Let your supervisor know.
  2. Follow the recommended dosages and do not mix medications.
  3. Read the label.
  4. Do not try new remedies during work hours.
  5. In Case of Drug Usage-What Action Required?

If you are as Project line manager, supervisor or employee and observes any of your labourer/worker or other people within your working area behaving as if they are affected by drugs and/or alcohol then prompt action will be taken to preserve the safety of that person, others and Company property. Disciplinary action and possible dismissal will take place.

We (YOUR COMPANY NAME) aim to support our affected employees rather than punish them, although our policy is that possession of or dealing in drugs at work will be reported immediately to the police.  

5. Main Points:

  • Be aware of the (YOUR COMPANY NAME)’s strategy on alcohol, drugs and substance misuse.
  • Understand what action will be taken by the (YOUR COMPANY NAME), if you are found to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs whilst at work or if you are found selling or providing drugs on the premises.
  • Always be aware of the right person to report to if you suspect a co-worker is under the influence of alcohol or drugs when at work.

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Toolbox Talks on Drug Policy at Worksite

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