Friday, August 17th, 2018

Why should we have a policy?


To reduce the financial impact upon the business.

  • Alcohol is estimated to cause up to 5% of all absences from work
  • Up to 14 million working days lost each year through alcohol misuse alone
  • Drugs and alcohol are estimated to be a contributory factor in nearly 25% of all workplace accidents
  • Alcohol is implicated in nearly 60% of UK workplace fatalities
  • Substance misuse can result in reduced company performance and decline in profitability
  • Reduction in internal morale and customer confidence
  • Higher turnover of staff
  • It has been calculated that a substance abuser costs their employer in excess of £8000 per annum
  • Poor customer and public perception as a result of bad publicity and tarnished reputation
  • Higher risk = Higher insurance premiums or lower cover availability

To improve the wellbeing of the business through:

  • A healthier and safer workforce. Fewer accidents or incidents
  • Lower absenteeism due to substance misuse
  • A better trained and educated workforce enabling responsible actions to be taken
  • Protecting against wrongful dismissals and tribunal cases, as an informed and legally defensible actions can then be taken
  • Employee Assistance – early intervention and reduced “chaotic” or “crisis” issues
  • Higher productivity and efficiency
  • Increased employee morale and enhanced customer confidence
  • New markets where a robust and active D&A policy is a pre-requisite for entry
  • Lower associated occupational health/health care costs
  • Additional support for Mental Health initiatives
  • Discounted insurance rates / more cover

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