Smoking, Alcohol and Drugs


Under legislation we, as your employer, have a duty to ensure so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all our employees and similarly you have a responsibility to yourself and your colleagues. Smoking is not permitted in the workplace, as it presents a risk to the health and safety of others, and presents a poor example for children. This policy also applies to the use of E-cigarettes.

The use of alcohol and drugs may impair the safe and efficient running of the business and/or the health and safety of our employees. The effects of alcohol and drugs can be numerous (These are examples only and not an exhaustive list):-

  • Absenteeism (e.g. unauthorised absence, lateness, excessive levels of sickness, etc.):
  • Higher accident levels (e.g. at work, elsewhere, driving to and from work); and
  • Work performance (e.g. difficulty in concentrating, tasks taking more time, making mistakes, etc.).

If your performance or attendance at work is affected, or we believe you have been involved in any drug related action/offence, you may be subject to disciplinary action and dependant on the circumstances, this may lead to your dismissal.

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