Guide

Workplace policies on smoking, drugs and alcohol

Introduction

Smoking, drugs and alcohol can have a negative impact on health and safety in your business. They can also affect productivity and profitability.

Smoking is now banned in almost all enclosed public places and workplaces in the UK. You need to ensure that employees and customers keep to the rules.

Drugs and alcohol can pose a serious risk to workplace safety. This is particularly true for workers whose job involves tasks such as operating machinery or driving a vehicle.

Therefore, as part of your health and safety duties you need to have suitable policies in place to cover these areas. This guide will help you write them and provide advice on how to ensure they are complied with.