This policy will be implemented on all Robert Higgins Construction Ltd sites and complexes.
It defines the Company’s intent with regard to its obligations under the UK’s Transport and Works Act 1992 and other legislation relevant to alcohol and drug abuse (Misuse of Drugs Act 1971).
The Company therefore has a duty under Health & Safety Act to make all employees, suppliers, sub-contractors and visitors aware of the control measures used to prevent accidents or injuries occurring due to consumption of alcohol or the misuse of drugs. These are:
• Persons should not report for duty whilst under the influence of alcohol or having taken illegal substances (drugs).
• Alcohol or illegal substances shall not be brought onto site complexes or consumed within the workplace.
• Persons should not attend work whilst taking prescribed drugs without having first checked with their doctor/pharmacist the risk of the drugs affecting their fitness for work and having informed their supervisor.
• Refusal to undertake drugs and alcohol testing will result in the test being deemed positive.
• Those tested “For Cause” or suspicion will not be permitted to return to work until a negative test has been received.
• Those persons who are found to be working with blood alcohol levels above the legal drink drive limit, or under the influence of illegal drugs at the time of random screening will be instantly dismissed for gross misconduct.
• Any person who is discovered to be in possession of and/or involved in the trading on site of illegal substances will be reported to the police.
• Anyone found to be in breach of this policy will face dismissal for gross misconduct as will those who refuse to take part in, or supply specimens for, testing when required.
This policy is subject to continuous monitoring and review to ensure continued improvement in our working practices.