Randox Testing Services offers a comprehensive consultancy service to help employers create, or modify, an effective substance misuse policy. This service offers practical advice, guidance and support in composing a substance misuse policy and includes advise on how to introduce employee testing in the workplace.
What is a Substance Misuse Policy and How Should it be Written?
A substance misuse policy is a written document which outlines company expectations of drug and alcohol consumption at work as well as company rules, regulations, testing procedures and disciplinary procedures. As an important document providing employees with the knowledge of company standards and outlining drug and alcohol testing procedures, it is vital that it is written in a comprehensive manner that employees will be able to understand.
Legal compliance is also a factor in the importance of this document; a substance misuse policy is required by employers who want to carry out workplace drug and alcohol testing. This is to ensure employees are well informed of the existence of drug and alcohol testing in their place of work, and that their rights are maintained. It is important that a company’s substance misuse policy is written correctly to ensure it is legally viable should there be an industrial tribunal as a result of an incident involving drugs or alcohol, or perhaps an employee tribunal as a result of positive testing for drugs and alcohol.