Substance Misuse Awareness in the Workplace

Workplace substance misuse affects all businesses, regardless of their size, industry or policies.

80% of those asked in a recent study admitted to using drugs and/ or alcohol before, during or after work with 53% admitting to using illicit substances.

Our one day training programme covers:

  • Alcohol and drug use
  • Prescription and illicit substances
  • How to identify signs of an employee under the influence of substances
  • Best practice guidance for dealing with employee substance use
  • Appropriate steps to take legally, ethically and for the individual, team and business

How does substance misuse affect employers?

People who misuse drugs or alcohol have a ripple effect of needs (other than health problems) which can often lead to:

  • Decreased productivity and performance in work
  • Increased absenteeism
  • Increased time off and a poor sickness record

Those individuals who come into work under the influence of substances are likely to be mentally and physically unable to do their job. This often shows through a change in character, poor motivation or a lack of ability to just get the job done. Employees who are intoxicated will present with safety concerns and undertake risky behaviours. Substance misuse has a ripple effect that involves the individual, their colleagues around them and the business; leading to:

  • Reputational damage
  • Workplace injuries
  • Low morale amongst team members who are picking up the slack
  • Financial implications

BUT with effective and collaborative well-being strategies, that are aligned with your policies and procedures, businesses can see an incredible Return On Investment:

  • 60% return to work after successfully managing their well-being
  • 94% achieved their goals and remained in work

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • List the commonly use substances
  • Identify the signs and symptoms of the different categories of substances
  • Explain your responsibilities as leaders, HR practitioners and well-being professionals when dealing with workplace substance use
  • Implement best practice guidance for dealing for employee drug and alcohol use
  • Take appropriate steps legally, ethically and for the well-being of the individual using substances

Legal requirements

You have a general duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSW Act) to ensure, as far as reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of your employees. You also have a duty under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations1999, to assess the risks to health and safety of your employees. If you knowingly allow an employee under the influence of drug misuse to continue working and his or her behaviours place their employee or others at risk, you could be prosecuted.

There is further legislation that identifies when it is a criminal offence for certain workers to be unfit through drugs and/ or alcohol.

About the Trainer

Charlotte Hopkins is a highly respected and qualified trainer, with two decades of experience as a substance misuse practitioner, leader and manager. Charlotte supports businesses to create a culture of excellence across their teams and organisation and is passionate about bringing effective well-being strategies that are more than just a tick-box exercise. With expertise in designing, facilitating and evaluating training programmes for businesses including Welsh Government, Public Health Wales and many corporate companies, Charlotte has delivered training to 1000's of people, boasting results such as:

  • 98% of attendees would 'recommend Charlotte as a trainer'
  • 96% would rate her training as 'excellent' or 'good'

Vita Orbis specialises in giving businesses and individuals the Freedom to Navigate the hidden harms that impact their employment. Providing support to identify their needs, develop solutions and embed support mechanisms to guide those people involved.

Costs: £249 per person

Includes one full day facilitation with an experienced and qualified trainer, a handbook to help support the development of your policy and a follow up call with one of the Vita Orbis team to answer any further questions.

We can also offer this course in-house so that your full leadership team, HR department and those with staff well-being responsibilities can learn together. You can access the course outlined above or if you would prefer something more bespoke then get in touch so we can discuss your needs.

Dates include: