Last updated February 2019
This chapter outlines your legal obligations in relation to drugs and alcohol in the workplace, including implementing a drug and alcohol policy and undertaking drug and alcohol testing.
What are your legal obligations in relation to drugs and alcohol in the workplace?
You have a duty under health and safety legislation to ensure your employees do not endanger their own or others’ safety at work through the effects of alcohol or illicit drugs.
Drug and alcohol use can create health and safety risks in the workplace, which can lead to:
- workplace accidents;
- workplace violence;
- workers’ compensation claims;
- increased staff turnover; and
- increased absenteeism and sick leave.