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Substance Abuse Policy

Definition - What does Substance Abuse Policy mean?

A substance abuse policy is a principle or protocol of an organization that aims to maintain a healthy work environment free from the influence of illegal drugs and alcohol. This is intended to protect the health, safety and welfare of the employees. The policy also supports employers in recognizing suitable interventions to the drug dependent employees and taking proper actions before they become unfit for the job.

Safeopedia explains Substance Abuse Policy

A substance abuse policy helps to reduce the harmful use of any substance for mood altering purposes that may lead to frequent and serious problems in the workplace. This includes depression, loss of initiative, suicidal mental state, forgetfulness, increased risk taking and low self-esteem. Substance-related problems affect the performance, health, communication, interpersonal relationship of the employees and work environment of an organization. Some individuals that have drug and alcohol dependency problems may also have trouble with law enforcement. The policy also includes guidelines on the use of alcohol, drugs, inhalants, solvents, caffeine and even cigarettes.

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