Cork, Galway & Portlaoise to Host Drug and Alcohol Seminars in 2012    
19/04/2011 11:07:31
The EAP Institute has announced that it will extend its very successful seminar ?Managing the Performance, Safety and Health Risks of Employee Drug and Alcohol Use? to Cork, Galway and Portlaoise in 2012.
The first seminar will take place in the Rochestown Hotel, Douglas, Cork on Thursday 1st March 2012, the second in the Carlton Hotel, Dublin Road, Galway on Thursday 17th May 2012 and the third in the Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise on Thursday 14th June 2012. Speakers will include Maurice Quinlan, Director of the EAP Institute and Lorna Flanagan, Technical Support Specialist, Biomnis, a leading drug testing company. To view details see
The purpose of this seminar is to outline an approach that companies can implement, in managing the performance, safety and health risks of employee drug and alcohol abuse. The seminar will also outline policies and procedures to manage the situation where an employee reports for, or is on duty, under the influence of an intoxicant to the extent that they may endanger themselves or others.

Commenting on the launch of the seminars, the Director of the EAP Institute, Maurice Quinlan said ?It is now clear that legally binding regulations on workplace intoxicant (defined as drugs and alcohol) testing will not be issued by the Irish Health and Safety Authority and that no guidance will be issued. He went on ?Under existing provisions of The Safety, Health & Welfare at Work Act 2005 all companies should now develop agreed policies and procedures with employee representatives and conduct drug and alcohol risk assessments. Where intoxicant testing is carried out in safety critical companies, it should be carried out to the standards set by the European Workplace Drug Testing Society (EWDTS) for legally defensible drug testing.
For Immediate Release ? 18th April Maurice Quinlan, Tel: +353 (0)51 855 733 Email: Web address:
EAP Institute, 143 Barrack Street, Waterford, Ireland
Tel: 353 51 855733 Fax 353 51 879626 Co. Reg. No. 120799