LRD Booklets October 2017

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

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Introduction

Introduction [pages 3-4] (458 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] (886 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] (620 words)

Health impacts [ch 1: page 8] (146 words)

The use of illegal drugs [ch 1: pages 8-10] (555 words)

Health impacts [ch 1: page 10] (375 words)

The impact of alcohol and drus use in the workplace [ch 1: pages 11-12] (588 words)

Chapter 2

2. The law on drugs and alcohol in the workplace [ch 2: page 13] (58 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] (276 words)

Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977 [ch 2: pages 13-14] (182 words)

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

Employment law [ch 2: page 14] (46 words)

Privacy and data protection [ch 2: pages 14-16] (758 words)

Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 [ch 2: pages 16-17] (355 words)

Road Traffic Act 1988 [ch 2: pages 17-18] (526 words)

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

Transport and Works Act 1992 [ch 2: page 19] (167 words)

Equality Act 2010 [ch 2: page 19] (247 words)

Employment Rights Act 1996 [ch 2: pages 20-22] (983 words)

Dismissal for drinking and drug taking outside working hours [ch 2: page 22] (437 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] (321 words)

How to develop a policy [ch 3: pages 24-26] (652 words)

What should be included in a policy? [ch 3: pages 26-28] (951 words)

Definition of substance misuse [ch 3: page 29] (155 words)

The management of drug and alcohol problems [ch 3: page 29] (164 words)

Disciplinary and capability procedures [ch 3: pages 29-30] (424 words)

Support and rehabilitation [ch 3: page 31] (441 words)

The impact of work on alcohol and drug use [ch 3: page 32] (219 words)

Drug and alcohol testing [ch 3: page 32] (240 words)

Problems with drug testing [ch 3: page 33] (397 words)

Types of testing [ch 3: pages 33-35] (546 words)

Guidance on drug testing [ch 3: pages 35-37] (795 words)

Chapter 4

4. Drugs and alcohol in the workplace — unions and union reps in action [ch 4: page 38] (74 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] (207 words)

Problems with testing in a safety critical industry [ch 4: pages 38-39] (376 words)

When workplaces are also homes [ch 4: page 39] (196 words)

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

Support for employees with dependency problems [ch 4: pages 40-41] (645 words)

Recognising the role of the trade unions [ch 4: pages 41-42] (268 words)

A ‘fair and supportive’ policy [ch 4: pages 42-44] (624 words)

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

Problems with drug and alcohol testing [ch 4: pages 44-45] (653 words)

Chapter 5

5. Why problem gambling is a trade union issue [ch 4: pages 46-47] (695 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] (246 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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