Employees that report for duty under the influence of alcohol present a real problem which employers are faced with on a regular basis. The use of alcohol affects an employee’s sight, speech, coordination and reaction speed. Employees working with machinery or driving a vehicle, who are under the influence of alcohol, hold a high risk for the employer, themselves and their colleagues. It is the employer’s responsibility to create a safe working environment for all employees and must therefore always act in accordance with the disciplinary code.
How to determine if an employee is under the influence
Labour legislation does not specify the symptoms to determine whether an employee is under the influence of alcohol. Therefore it is vital to implement an alcohol policy in the workplace. Employees can also be tested for alcohol during working hours, but only if this is stipulated in their employment contracts or in an alcohol policy, or if the employee has given his/her permission.
In general, employers can consider the following symptoms in order to determine whether an employee is under the influence of alcohol: Read more