Five Steps to Take to Ensure Your Site is Drug and Alcohol Free

Five Steps to Take to Ensure Your Site is Drug and Alcohol Free

There’s long been a reputation with the building site. A lunchtime pint or two completes a stereotype, and one that these days are largely unfounded. However, drugs and alcohol in the workplace are a problem, not just in construction, but across every industry at present.

We’re seeing rising levels of people checking into private drug rehab, but that’s often an end point, after weeks, months, even years of struggle, and those people may well be under the influence in work until that point. And when that workplace is somewhere where heavy machinery in operation, it can be hugely damaging and dangerous.

But what can you do to ensure that everyone is safe in the workplace when it comes to drugs and alcohol?  Here are five key steps…

Implement a Drug and Alcohol Policy

The first step to ensuring a drug and alcohol-free workforce is to implement a clear and comprehensive drug and alcohol policy. This policy should outline the company’s expectations regarding drug and alcohol use, the consequences for violating the policy, and the process for testing employees.

The policy should also include provisions for educating employees on the risks of drug and alcohol use, and the resources available to help employees who may be struggling with addiction.

Conduct Pre-Employment and Random Drug Testing

Pre-employment drug testing is a critical component of any drug and alcohol policy. It helps to ensure that new hires are drug and alcohol-free before they begin work, reducing the risk of accidents and injuries on the job.

Random drug testing is also important, as it helps to deter employees from using drugs or alcohol while on the job. Random testing should be conducted at regular intervals, and employees should be made aware that they may be selected for testing at any time.

Provide Education and Resources

Employees who are struggling with addiction may be hesitant to seek help for fear of losing their job. Employers can help to alleviate this fear by providing education and resources on drug and alcohol addiction.

Employers can partner with local addiction treatment centers to provide employees with information on treatment options, and can also offer employee assistance programs (EAPs) that provide counseling and other support services.

Encourage a Culture of Safety

A culture of safety is critical in the construction industry, and it can also help to deter drug and alcohol use. Employers should encourage employees to report any safety concerns or hazards, and should take steps to address these issues promptly.

Employers should also provide employees with the necessary training and equipment to perform their jobs safely, and should recognize and reward employees who prioritize safety on the job.

Lead by Example

Finally, employers should lead by example when it comes to drug and alcohol use. Employers should refrain from using drugs or alcohol on the job, and should also avoid hosting or sponsoring events that involve alcohol.

Employers should also make it clear that they will not tolerate drug or alcohol use by their employees, and should take swift action to address any violations of the drug and alcohol policy.


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