Overview of Drug and Alcohol Policy


What is this document?

This document establishes a company’s policy about the use of drugs and alcohol in the workplace.


When would I use this document?

This policy can be used for companies that would like to have a policy in place to deal with drug and alcohol use/abuse in the workplace. This is something companies take seriously, and having a policy in place that all employees know about and have agreed to can be beneficial to the productivity of the company.


Who signs this Agreement?

A Drug and Alcohol Policy is signed by the employee and an individual who can bind the corporation. This could also be signed by the employee’s supervisor, or included as an appendix to the employment contract.


More details about this document?

This policy will outline who the policy applies to. Companies may choose to have it apply only to employees, but may also extend it to independent contractors and volunteers while acting in the course of company business. Companies can define ‘company business’ to make it clear what situations will be covered by the policy. For example, the policy can apply even if personnel are not on the company’s property as long as they are engaged in ‘company business’.

The policy will include a definition of reasonable grounds. This can include factors to be considered to determine whether someone is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The policy will outline the both the procedures to be taken when reasonable grounds exist for believing someone has breached the policy, and the consequences for breaching the policy.

Because human rights and employment laws differ between jurisdictions, if an employer wishes to implement workplace testing for drugs or alcohol they should consult an employment lawyer in their jurisdiction to ensure compliance with local laws.


What are the core elements of this document?

The core elements of a Drug and Alcohol Policy are Definition of Company Business, Definition of Reasonable Grounds, Roles and Responsibilities, and Termination.

Additional clauses may include: Parties, Exceptions to Policy, and Background and Recitals.  


Related Documents

Contractor/Consulting/Services Agreement – this type of agreement can have various names, and is used when a person is paid to provide services but is not hired as an employee. Payment can be flexible eg. money, shares or some other form of compensation.

Workplace Harassment Policy – this policy deals with harassment in the workplace

Romantic Relations in the Workplace Policy – this policy deals with romantic relations in the workplace

Employment Agreement – an agreement that sets out the terms of an employment relationship


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