LRD Booklets October 2017

Drug and alcohol policies at work - a guide for union reps

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Introduction

Introduction 
 [pages 3-4] (468 words)

Many employers now have workplace policies in place to manage problems arising from the misuse of drugs and alcohol. In part, this is in response to ...
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Chapter 1

1. Why are employers introducing drug and alcohol policies?
 [ch 1: pages 5-6] (893 words)

Over recent years, an increasing number of employers have introduced workplace drug and alcohol policies in response to concerns about safety, loss ...
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Alcohol consumption in the UK
 [ch 1: pages 7-8] (628 words)

Health impacts
 [ch 1: page 8] (148 words)

The use of illegal drugs 
 [ch 1: pages 8-10] (566 words)

Health impacts 
 [ch 1: page 10] (377 words)

The impact of alcohol and drus use in the workplace
 [ch 1: pages 11-12] (592 words)

Chapter 2

2. The law on drugs and alcohol in the workplace 
 [ch 2: page 13] (60 words)

There are several pieces of legislation dealing with drugs and alcohol at work which union reps need to be familiar with. These include health and ...
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The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
 [ch 2: page 13] (279 words)

Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977
 [ch 2: pages 13-14] (183 words)

Other health and safety legislation
 [ch 2: page 14] (34 words)

Employment law
 [ch 2: page 14] (47 words)

Privacy and data protection
 [ch 2: pages 14-16] (767 words)

Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 
 [ch 2: pages 16-17] (361 words)

Road Traffic Act 1988
 [ch 2: pages 17-18] (530 words)

Driving and drugs
 [ch 2: page 18] (349 words)

Transport and Works Act 1992
 [ch 2: page 19] (169 words)

Equality Act 2010
 [ch 2: page 19] (250 words)

Employment Rights Act 1996
 [ch 2: pages 20-22] (993 words)

Dismissal for drinking and drug taking outside working hours
 [ch 2: page 22] (438 words)

Chapter 3

3. Drugs and alcohol in the workplace — guidance for reps
 [ch 3: page 24] (84 words)

There is plenty of guidance available to union reps facing, or pushing for, the introduction of new drug and alcohol policies or the revision of ...
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Who should have a policy?
 [ch 3: page 24] (323 words)

How to develop a policy
 [ch 3: pages 24-26] (657 words)

What should be included in a policy?
 [ch 3: pages 26-28] (978 words)

Definition of substance misuse
 [ch 3: page 29] (157 words)

The management of drug and alcohol problems 
 [ch 3: page 29] (171 words)

Disciplinary and capability procedures
 [ch 3: pages 29-30] (426 words)

Support and rehabilitation
 [ch 3: page 31] (452 words)

The impact of work on alcohol and drug use
 [ch 3: page 32] (221 words)

Drug and alcohol testing 
 [ch 3: page 32] (243 words)

Problems with drug testing
 [ch 3: page 33] (399 words)

Types of testing
 [ch 3: pages 33-35] (551 words)

Guidance on drug testing
 [ch 3: pages 35-37] (803 words)

Chapter 4

4. Drugs and alcohol in the workplace — unions and union reps in action 
 [ch 4: page 38] (76 words)

The Labour Research Department (LRD) contacted national unions and LRD’s workplace contacts to find out how employers are addressing drugs and ...
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Negotiating at national level
 [ch 4: page 38] (208 words)

Problems with testing in a safety critical industry
 [ch 4: pages 38-39] (379 words)

When workplaces are also homes
 [ch 4: page 39] (198 words)

Workplace policies
 [ch 4: page 40] (74 words)

Support for employees with dependency problems
 [ch 4: pages 40-41] (651 words)

Recognising the role of the trade unions
 [ch 4: pages 41-42] (270 words)

A ‘fair and supportive’ policy
 [ch 4: pages 42-44] (626 words)

Guidance for managers
 [ch 4: page 44] (72 words)

Problems with drug and alcohol testing 
 [ch 4: pages 44-45] (661 words)

Chapter 5

5. Why problem gambling is a trade union issue
 [ch 4: pages 46-47] (702 words)

Problem gambling has not been high on employer or union agendas, but a fringe event at the 2017 TUC Congress, sponsored by the general union ...
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Further information

Further information 
 [page 48] (252 words)

Labour Research Department: 78 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 8HF; tel: 020 7928 3649; www.lrd.org.uk. LRD provides an enquiry service for affiliates ...
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