Employers focus on workplace drugs and alcohol    
09/09/2010 13:58:25
?There is an increased focus by employers in tackling the performance, safety, and health issues that result from employee drug and alcohol abuse at all levels within organisations. Any employee abusing legal or illegal drugs cannot engage fully with their work and may endanger themselves and others working in safety critical situations, such as operating machinery, working at heights, or driving company vehicles?
This was stated by Maurice Quinlan, Director of the EAP Institute when he announced a series of national seminars on this topic in Waterford on Monday the 13th of September 2010. The seminars entitled ?Managing the Performance, Safety & Health Risks of Employee Drug and Alcohol Use? will take place beginning in March 2011 at the following locations: The Ashling Hotel, Parkgate St. Dublin on Wednesday 2nd March 2011, Waterford City Hall, The Mall, Waterford on Thursday 2nd June 2011 and The Clarion Hotel, Steamboat Quay, Limerick on Thursday 6th October 2011.
Commenting on the announcement of the seminars, Quinlan said ?there is considerable focus on reducing costs during the current economic climate. Downsizing, reducing numbers and changing work practices are some of the strategies employed by companies.? According to Quinlan, there are missed opportunities in managing employees with drug and alcohol problems which affect the bottom line. There is also the safety aspect with The Safety, Health & Welfare at Work Act 2005 making it unlawful for an employee to report for work or to be at their place of work under the influence of an intoxicant (defined as drugs and alcohol). Concluding he said; ?Employee health and well ? being is also compromised with drug and alcohol users experiencing increased presenteeism, absenteeism, and personal health problems.?
For further details please contact; Maurice Quinlan
EAP Institute
143 Barrack St.
Waterford 353 (0)51 855733
EAP Institute, 143 Barrack Street, Waterford, Ireland
Tel: 353 51 855733 Fax 353 51 879626 Co. Reg. No. 120799