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Drugs and alcohol in the workplace: key considersations


Employees who misuse alcohol and drugs can pose significant and wide-ranging problems in the workplace.

This 2 hour briefing will look at the actions you can take to effectively manage workplace drug and alcohol issues.

Business need

Alcohol and drug abuse (including illegal, prescription and over-the-counter drugs) can be an expensive problem for employers. Potentially resulting in loss of productivity, increased absenteeism, injuries, fatalities, theft and low employee morale. It can also lead to an increase in legal liabilities and workers' compensation costs.

It’s therefore important to be aware of your responsibilities as an employer and the actions you can take to minimise the effects of drugs and alcohol in your workplace.

Delegates attending this event will gain an overview of the relevant legislation and the possible warning signs of drug and alcohol misuse. We will share practical guidance on screening employees, developing a workplace drugs and alcohol policy and consider additional support available for affected employees.

All delegates will receive an electronic certificate of attendance for their participation in the training.

Suitable For

Delegates from all sectors of industry including: managers, supervisors, team leaders, HR professionals, business owners, Trade Union representatives, employee representatives and individuals who wish to enhance their CPD.


The event will include:

  • What the law says
  • The most common types of drugs used and their effects
  • Misuse and addiction
  • Developing a workplace drugs and alcohol policy and associated benefits
  • Searching and testing employees – the legal implications
  • How to spot the possible warning signs of misuse
  • Support that employers can provide

Have a large group of staff to train?

To save you time and money, we can deliver bespoke training at your workplace. To find out more contact our Customer Services Team on 0300 123 1150 or complete our online enquiry form


We also offer free e-learning on a wide range of employment relations topics. Giving you the opportunity to work through theory, explore case studies and answer interactive questions. It's a great way to develop, enhance and refresh your knowledge.

Need more than training?

We recognise that every organisation is different. Our specialists can diagnose issues in your workplace and tailor practical solutions to address the challenges faced by you and your staff. To arrange a call or visit or to simply find out more, contact our Customer Services Team on 0300 123 1150 or complete our online enquiry form

Venue Acas   Map (opens in new window)   Date 24/09/2019    Time 13:15 - 15:15   
Price £75.00 per person    Please note our training events are VAT exempt
To book now

* Max of 4 delegates per organisation. Please call Acas on 0300 123 1150 or email if numbers exceed this or for more details about the training session.