Substance misuse presents major health and safety risks in the workplace. If we think it's necessary, we will put procedures in place to prevent it. These can include screening for drugs or alcohol, and you will need to comply with them as part of your employment contract. Your manager or human resources department can tell you more.
We will try to help you if you have a substance abuse problem, but you should also help yourself, and comply with our requirements. We must maintain a safe working environment, and we will respond to poor performance, misconduct or excessive absence. Sometimes this can mean our support for you takes place at the same time as disciplinary procedures.
If you do have a problem, we will ask you to seek professional help as soon as possible. If you don't do this, and your substance misuse is a risk to you or to others, we may take disciplinary action against you.
If you take time off because of substance misuse, we may require you to be assessed for fitness before you return to work. We may also require you to agree to follow-up counselling, regular medical check-ups and unannounced testing.
We will respect your privacy as far as possible if you are undergoing treatment.
We will work with you to try to return you to your pre-treatment duties, or to an alternative job if that isn't possible.