Tags: Drugs

Acas urges employers to stamp out legal highs with disciplinary procedures

Legal highs imitate the effects of illegal drugs when consumed but are not actually illegal themselves, although some are thought to be just as dangerous and damaging. They are also known as psychoactive substances. Last year there were 129 deaths in England, Scotland and Wales due to legal highs.

Majority of employers would not dismiss an employee for drink driving at work

Employers are being urged to implement zero-tolerance policies on at-work drink- and drug-driving by road safety charity Brake, as a Brake and Licence Bureau survey finds fewer than half (44%) would dismiss an employee for driving over the legal alcohol limit. Published yesterday (14 May) in a report for employers with staff who drive for…

Lauren Booker: Dealing with alcohol misuse at work

Deaths from alcohol-related liver disease are increasing at a time when death rates from all other chronic conditions are falling. This statement, taken from the evidence-based alcohol strategy for the UK Health First, tells us two things. Firstly, the issue of substance misuse within society as a whole is not about to become any less…

Bid to help UK firms combat workplace drugs hazard

A global health business has teamed up with a host of leading UK experts in substance misuse for a ground-breaking project to help businesses cope with the issue among workers, believed to cost UK industry billions of pounds a year. Synergy Health, which has its headquarters in Swindon, is working with Alcohol Concern and other…

Parliamentary survey highlights broader concerns around workplace drinking

Charity calls for UK businesses to recognise dangers of workplace drinking New data released this month by Alcohol Concern revealed a quarter (26%) of MPs believe there is an unhealthy drinking culture in Parliament. The Charity is using the survey to warn employers across the country that they are likely to face similar levels of…

One in four young workers drink to get ahead at work

One in four under 35 year olds admitted they have drunk alcohol to get ahead according to a survey commissioned by recruitment consultants Adecco. The research, taken from Adecco’s Employment Study, found that employees under 35 were most likely to alter their behaviour in pursuit of career progression. The survey looked at some of tactics…

G4S have developed a new service that aims to help employers in key business sectors ensure safer working environments, cutting accidents and improving the bottom line. Andy Lane, at G4S Regional Security, part of G4S Secure Solutions, said: “The misuse of alcohol and drugs can have a severe impact on business performance. It can, for…