Your drug and alcohol policy sets the stage for a successful fit-for-duty program. Having a documented drug and alcohol policy provides a framework for dealing with the difficult, and often times sensitive, issues surrounding substance abuse, medical conditions, and related stress and fatigue. With a policy in place, your employees know what is expected and what to do to help ensure that the workplace is safe and drug-free.
Creating a policy, however, isn’t as easy as some may believe. Due to the sensitive and detail-oriented information that is necessary for an effective policy, constructing one can often be difficult to do. There is sometimes a fear of missing something important, or not being clear or concise enough. Though not impossible to do on your own, it is suggested to get a third party member to come in and assist with the development of the policy. This will help in streamlining the process and creating content customized to your needs. The goal should be to have a drug and alcohol policy that is designed to fit the company’s drug and alcohol testing program.
Although there is nothing that states how a policy should be written, it should be noted that there are many benefits of having one done right. An effective drug and alcohol policy can benefit companies in many ways, including:
There are certain things that you may want to consider before diving into the development of your drug and alcohol policy. While creating the policy, it is important to ensure that it is in tune with the goals and objectives the company has. It is a good idea to write out the reasons in which you are creating the policy, as this can help in aligning the goals. Some reasons for implementation may include:
Included in the policy should be some kind of metric for tracking performance. A few examples may include:
Performance tracking can allow you to see a link between substance abuse and incidents. It also gives you the opportunity to modify or fine tune your drug and alcohol testing program to ensure it meets your needs.
To further understand the importance of a good drug and alcohol policy, read our blog about the 7 Keys to a Successful Drug & Alcohol Policy.