Drug and Alcohol Policy

The use and abuse of banned substances (e.g. heroin, cocaine, amphetamines) and/or alcohol has a very serious, negative effect on the safe operation of vehicles and equipment. The use of some prescription or 'over the counter' medication can have similar results.

Failure to incorporate policy, education and monitoring for substance use / abuse into your risk management program will leave your motor fleet operations seriously exposed to the risk of human impairment.

Negative Positive
Management have no awareness or interest in the affects of drug and/or alcohol use. A drug and alcohol testing programme is established irrespective of legal requirements for such a program.
There is evidence of substance abuse among drivers/employees but no remedial actions have been taken. All employees have been provided with information and training on drug and alcohol issues.
There is a history of substance abuse related collisions. The program recognizes the effects of prescription and 'over the counter' medication within the scope of the program.
Where testing programs are required by law, the program is non-compliant. Rehabilitation assistance and guidance is included in the program.

  • Be aware of any legal requirements for drug and alcohol testing and ensure that your operation is compliant.
  • Recognise the effects of banned substances, alcohol, prescription medicines and 'over the counter' medication upon all employees, especially those in safety sensitive positions e.g. drivers, mechanics, equipment operators, etc.
  • Develop a testing and training/education program to ensure that all employees are knowledgeable on the issues and can recognize symptoms of the use of drugs and/or alcohol.
  • Ensure that your program is fully documented, closely monitored and controlled.
  • Include within your program, the resource ability to provide assistance to employees who are identified as having used drugs and/or alcohol.
  • Remind employees of the risks associated with driving the 'morning after'.