Dealing with Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Posted in : How do I handle it NI on 15 February 2011
Ciara Fulton
Lewis Silkin NI LLP
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I am an HR manager working in a construction company. We suspect that one of our employees, who works in a safety-critical role, has been using drugs. How should we deal with this?"

Ciara Fulton writes:

How you deal with this will largely depend on whether or not the Company has a Drug and Alcohol Policy, the reasons for your suspicions and the type of work the employee does.

The starting point will be to review the employee’s contract of employment and any relevant Drug and Alcohol Policy or other relevant policies and procedures. These policies and procedures may form part of the Company Handbook or the Company’s Health and Safety Policy.

Where drug misuse is suspected, the first step will

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This article is correct at 06/08/2015

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Ciara Fulton
Lewis Silkin NI LLP

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