Alcohol and drug misuse

Some employers reserve the right to carry out random drug and alcohol tests on employees, particularly in safety-critical industries.

Employers that wish to test staff for drugs and alcohol should clearly and unambiguously reserve the right to do so in their contracts of employment. There should also be in place a clear policy on drug and alcohol testing, setting out when and how testing will be carried out, who will carry out the testing and what will be done with the results of any tests.


Occupational Health & Wellbeing research round-up: September 2020

Fifth of doctors consume “potentially hazardous” levels of alcohol
Twenty per cent of doctors in a survey of 109 working...

Drug and alcohol abuse ‘a health concern, not just disciplinary issue’

25 Aug 2020

CIPD: need for investment in training, support programmes and access to occupational health advice around drug and alcohol misuse is greater than ever.

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Test employees for illegal drug use, urges Tory mayor candidate

24 Aug 2020

Shaun Bailey called for every business in the capital with more than 250 employees to routinely check workers for illegal substance use.

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Putting workplace drug and alcohol testing in the spotlight

5 Jun 2020

How effective is random drug and alcohol testing, especially outside the safety-critical environment? And with cannabis oils now complicating the...

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One in four turns to alcohol to cope with work pressure, especially when working from home

28 May 2020

Employees are more likely to turn to alcohol when experiencing work-related stress at home than switch off their work phone,...

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Smokers urged to quit to reduce risk of coronavirus complications

15 Apr 2020

Smokers with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) should be urged to stop smoking immediately or risk complications if they contract...

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Coronavirus: nearly nine in 10 fear for their health

8 Apr 2020

Almost nine out of 10 (87%) employees fear for their health because of the Covid-19 outbreak, with many feeling isolated,...

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Commission calls for evidence on how alcohol harms working lives

8 Jan 2020

Health professionals are being asked to supply evidence on the effects alcohol has on health and any changes needed to...

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Top 10 HR questions November 2019: IR35, Christmas parties and PILON

3 Dec 2019

Pending a review announced by chancellor Sajid Javid, reforms to the IR35 rules are due to be extended to the...

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PwC cracks down on office drinking

2 Dec 2019

Consulting firm PwC has introduced new rules around when and where employees can drink alcohol in the office.
Under the...

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Top 10 HR questions September 2019: The effect of a leap year on pay

1 Oct 2019

There will be an extra working day in 2020 for many employees, so does the leap year mean extra pay?...

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Is this the strangest way to make people redundant?

20 Sep 2019

A collective redundancy announcement is perhaps one of the hardest parts of an HR professional’s job. No one wants to have to tell people they’re losing their role through no fault of their own...

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Stressed staff turn to ‘unhealthy’ coping mechanisms over professional help

20 Sep 2019

Many workers who feel stressed are turning to unhealthy coping mechanisms such as alcohol and “stress eating” rather than seeking...

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More support needed to tackle prescription drug dependence

16 Sep 2019

A review into the scale and causes of prescription drug dependence has highlighted the need for more support services and...

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A third ‘pressured’ to drink more alcohol at work social events

30 Aug 2019

Co-workers are more influential than family members or partners when it comes to encouraging staff to have more alcohol than...

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