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Drugs and alcohol in the workplace


Employees who abuse alcohol and drugs (including illegal drugs, prescription drugs, and over-the-counter drugs) can pose significant and wide-ranging problems for their employers and fellow employees.

This event highlights the actions employers can take to manage workplace drug and alcohol issues confidently and effectively.

Business need

Alcohol and drug misuse can be an expensive problem for employers 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 that employers are aware of their responsibilities and the actions that can be taken to minimise the effects of drugs and alcohol in the workplace.

Delegates attending this event will gain an understanding of the relevant law and the possible warning signs of employee drug and alcohol misuse. We will focus on how to discuss misuse with employees and the relevant support available, along with sharing practical guidance on screening employees and developing a workplace drugs and alcohol policy.

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 enhance their CPD.


Our training sessions are designed to enable discussion and interaction. This event will cover:

  • What the law says, including employer responsibilities
  • The most common types of drugs used and their effects
  • Misuse and addiction
  • The impact on both the individual and the workplace
  • 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
  • Planning and holding a meeting with an employee
  • 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. It's a great way to develop, enhance and refresh your knowledge, providing you with the opportunity to work through theory, explore case studies and answer interactive questions.

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 Training Suite - Leeds   Map (opens in new window)   Date 12/09/2022    Time 09:30 - 12:30   
Price £110.00 per person    Please note our training events are VAT exempt
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* 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.