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Employer’s Legal Position


If you knowingly allow an employee under the influence of drugs or alcohol misuse to continue working, and his or her behaviour places the employee or others at risk, you could be prosecuted. Your employees are also required to take reasonable care of themselves and others who could be affected by what they do at work.


The Transport and Works Act 1992, makes it a criminal offence for certain workers to be unfit through drugs and/or drink while working. The operators of the transport system would also be guilty of an offence unless they had shown due diligence in trying to prevent such an offence being committed.


Did you know that HSE data suggests that workers, for example, in the construction industry are SIX times more likely to be killed at work than other workers?


Often working away from home and demanding schedules leave workers vulnerable to peer group pressure which may lead to the inappropriate use of drugs and alcohol.



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