Considerations On Your Workplace Alcohol Policy

Creating and implementing a workplace alcohol policy that reflects the needs of your workplace. The benefits for employers who make and carry through workplace drug and alcohol policy include: 

  • Healthier employees 
  • Reduced absenteeism 
  • Fewer workplace accidents 
  • Increased employee productivity 
  • Improved employee relationships and communications 
  • Improved business image 
  • A better understanding of the effects of drugs and alcohol abuse in the workplace 

Critical elements of a drug and alcohol policy  

  • The workplace alcohol policy should clearly outline how the company aims to handle drug and alcohol problems at the workplace.  
  • The drug and alcohol policy must be easy to understand. 
  • The policy should communicate and describe the procedures. 
  • The policy should apply to all employees 
  • The matter of employee confidentiality should be clearly written in the policy.  

Having a workplace alcohol policy helps prevent and deter employee drug and alcohol problems; it can have a crucial effect on employee health and safety and the general public. An effective policy grants both employers and their employees to be clear about what is appropriate and prohibited in the workplace. 

What does your workplace alcohol policy include? 

  • How does your organization define drug and alcohol use and abuse? 
  • How do you expect your employees to behave? 
  • What are the prohibited substances? 
  • Who exactly is covered by the workplace policy? 
  • When and where the policy applies? Does the implemented policy only apply during working hours or also during business events? 
  • Who exactly manages and enforces the policy? 
  • Does the workplace policy include any form of testing for alcohol and other drugs? 


Your workplace alcohol policy should clearly outline the repercussions of violating the procedure and the course of action for determining whether an employee has violated the workplace policy. 

Should the drug and alcohol policy apply to prescription drugs? 

Certain prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications may affect an individual’s work and be considered a safety hazard. Some prescription drugs may be abused. The policy should clearly outline what employees should do if they start taking medications that may affect their job performance. Employees should report this to their supervisor. 

If your business implements a workplace alcohol policy, you may want to consider getting a BACtrack alcohol breath tester. BACtrack provides you with breathalyzer units that have police-grade accuracy that is reliable for workplace alcohol testing.

All BACtrack breathalyzer units come with a recalibration certificate to prove their accuracy. 


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