Alcohol and drug policy

Workplaces, no matter what size, should have a clear alcohol and drug policy. This ensures compliance with various legislation, regulations and codes of practice; including duty of care responsibilities.

A robust alcohol and drug policy helps to reduce risk and associated liabilities. A policy can also ensure consistency in management and decision-making about alcohol and drug related matters.

An alcohol and drug policy should clearly explain:

  • employer, supervisor and employee responsibilities in relation to alcohol and drugs, including information on how hangovers and comedown can affect work in addition to intoxication
  • how your organisation manages situations where alcohol and drugs are involved, including functions and taking medications
  • whether drug testing is conducted, including support offered to employees and the employer actions upon the return of a positive employee test result
  • how to determine if someone is unfit for work due to alcohol and drugs, including what to do in these situations
  • the steps that need to be taken to manage an employee’s return to work after being deemed unfit.

Free policy builder

An alcohol and drug policy builder tool has been specifically developed for the heavy vehicle industry. 
You can use it to build and customise an alcohol and other drug policy for your business, including adding your company name and logo. 

When using the policy builder, you will be asked 9 yes/no questions about your specific needs in a policy. Answering ‘yes’ to any question will result in the relevant material being added to your policy.

We have provided an employer guide [PDF 8.54 Mb] to show the questions you’ll encounter before you use the policy builder. This will ensure that you can plan relevant inclusions and talk these over with your employees.

The employer guide covers:

  • how you can involve your workplace in developing your policy
  • questions and issues to consider
  • additional material that will be added to your policy
  • steps in putting your policy into practice.

Build your policy now

Putting your policy into practice

You are encouraged to involve your employees when developing and implementing your policy across your organisation. Consultation with employees is a requirement under the OH&S Act 2004 (Vic).

Good consultation will also help to ensure your employees take ownership of workplace safety. 

You could involve your employees by electing a group of workplace safety champions, that meet to discuss the policy in terms of: 

  • overcoming challenges that could occur throughout the rollout of the policy
  • communicating the new policy effectively.

Further guidance on consultation can be found on the WorkSafe Victoria website.

It’s extremely important to communicate your new policy to employees clearly. To assist in communicating your policy, free employee education resources have been developed for this purpose.

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