Alcohol and Drug Abuse and the Impact in the Workplace

Posted in : HR Updates on 10 May 2010
Helen O'Brien
Personnel and Training Services
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Alcohol and drug abuse appears to be an increasing problem in the UK. Furthermore, it is estimated that misuse of alcohol and drugs at work costs the British industry around £2billion a year.

The consequences for employers do not simply stop at lost working days and poor productivity; there is also the possibility of the individual sustaining a workplace injury or causing injury to others. So how can employers tackle the problem of alcohol abuse in the workplace?

Safety Obligations

Employers have a duty under the Health & Safety At Work (Northern Ireland) Order 1978 to ensure as far as reasonably practicable, the health safety and welfare of their employees. If an

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Helen O'Brien
Personnel and Training Services

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