Provider: EAP Institute
Address: 143 Barrack Street, Waterford
Contact: Anita Furlong
Title: Conference Administrator
Telephone: 051 855 733
At the end of this training delegates will have knowledge of:
a) Assessing the risks from workplace intoxicants.
b) How to develop a workplace intoxicant policy.
c) Managing reasonable suspicion and reasonable accommodation.
Removal from place of work
From the 1st of Sept 2005 Employers may remove an employee from their place of work if he or she would be a danger to themselves or others due to being under the influence of an intoxicant to the extent that he or she is in such a state as to endanger his or her own safety, health or welfare at work or that of any other person.
Health and safety authority (HSA) information sheet on intoxicants
The information sheet on intoxicants at work published by the Health and Safety Authority in September 2011, states that if an employer has reason to believe that an employee is in a drowsy state as a result of medication, which would impact on the safe operation of machinery, action should be taken to remove the employee from the risk.
Assessing the risks
Risk assessments should be conducted to identify safety critical industries or safety critical tasks within companies where the consumption of intoxicants could endanger staff or other. Control measures should be specified in the safety statement.
Human resource managers, health and safety managers and employee assistance professionals
Interest in wokplace drugs and alcohol programmes
See course website for more details: http://eapinstitute.com/drugalcohol.php
Background to the Legislation
The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 took effect on 1st September 2005. Section 13(1)b of the Act contains a provision on drugs and alcohol and states that an employee shall while at work:-
Ensure that he or she is not under the influence of an intoxicant (defined as including drugs and alcohol and any combination of drugs or of drugs and alcohol) to the extent that he or she is in such a state as to endanger his or her own safety, health or welfare at work or that of any other person.
Section 13(1) b of the Act applies to legal drugs including alcohol, prescribed medication and over the counter drugs which could cause drowsiness and pose a risk to employees working in safety critical industries such as transportation, air-sea-rail, construction, manufacturing and health-care.