Alcohol and Drugs Awareness Training for Businesses

Did you know that

  • On any given day around 200,000 British workers turn up to work hungover from the night before, impacting on concentration, productivity; tiredness and likelihood of making mistakes.
  • A third of workers in professional and financial services admit heavy drinking
  • Construction and manufacturing employees are most likely to drink excessively
  • Some employees believe that drugs can help performance / coping: amphetamines for speed and focus / cannabis for boredom.

Does your business place a high emphasis on employee safe behaviour?

  • Does your business require employee attention, vigilance and situational awareness?
  • Does employee fatigue represent a business risk?
  • Are you operating in a litiginous industry such as healthcare, social care, or construction?
  • Do your employees have to lift and move heavy objects / operate motor vehicles / operate heavy equipment / handle hazardous materials / perform tasks requiring a high level of attention and cognition?

What are the benefits of investing in alcohol and drugs business awareness training?

  • Improved safety behaviours
  • Reduced number of accidents and incidents
  • A reduction in lost time
  • Lower absenteeism
  • A demonstration of your commitment to employee health and wellbeing

What services do we offer your business?

We provide a menu of services to cover all the bases - you choose which elements your business needs.

  • Half day intensive education and awareness session for managers and supervisors
  • Condensed 1.5-2 hour sessions for employees
  • Resources, counselling or coaching for employees who choose to make changes to their alcohol and / or substance use.
  • Support in developing a fit-for-purpose Alcohol and Substance Misuse Business Policy.

Training for managers and supervisors

These half day intensive courses are designed to give managers and supervisors knowledge of the signs and symptoms of alcohol and drug use and how employees are likely to be impaired at work while under the influence of drugs and alcohol. The following areas are covered:

  • The main drugs of choice and UK drug trends
  • The main drugs groups including legal status and classification
  • New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) or ‘legal highs’
  • How drugs affect human performance
  • Signs, symptoms and recognition of drug and alcohol use
  • The facts about alcohol
  • Calculating alcohol decay rates
  • Drugs and alcohol from a health and safety perspective

Training for employees

This is a shorter more condensed session designed to raise employee awareness about how drugs and alcohol affect their work performance. If you have a company drug and alcohol policy, this session will refer to this policy and how it affects your employees. Areas covered include:

  • The main drugs groups including legal status and classification
  • New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) or ‘legal highs’
  • How alcohol drugs affect workplace performance and safety
  • How to calculate your alcohol unit intake and decay rate
  • Binge drinking – definition and dangers
  • Prescription medications – staying safe at work

Developing your Alcohol and Substance Misuse Business Policy

We can help you design a robust policy that will ensure your employees are sober during working hours and to identify and help employees that require support. This will help fulfil your legal obligation under The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, to ensure the health, safety and welfare of your employees and to avoid knowingly allowing an employee under the influence of excess alcohol to continue working and this places the employee or others at risk - which could result in prosecution.

Supporting employees who wish to change their alcohol and substance use

We offer a brief or enhanced approach to supporting your employees who may be struggling with alcohol and substance misuse. Following an assessment of your employees current usage we will suggest the most appropriate support - this may be a one-session brief intervention approach or a more enhanced counselling intervention of 4-12 sessions depending on needs and budget. Where appropriate we will also signpost the individual to further sources of help and support.