Author: Eric B. Meyer

When to Use This Policy

Alcohol and drug abuse in the workplace can be a major concern for many employers. Employees who work under the influence can pose a safety risk to themselves or others; may be more likely to engage in illegal or unprofessional conduct on the job; and are generally less productive than employees who are not under the influence of drugs or alcohol while at work. Employees with a substance abuse problem also tend to be absent at a higher rate than other employees, resulting in an even greater loss of productivity.

Employers that suspect there may be employees who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol at work need a drug and alcohol policy so that action can be taken. Employers that do not necessarily suspect substance abuse can still benefit from having such a policy to:

  • Send a message to current and prospective employees that substance abuse will not be tolerated, and
  • Have a basis to act in case substance abuse is found.

Below is a model policy that should be further tailored to fit the employer's specific needs