Laing O'Rourke Plc

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H11. Alcohol in the workplace

Committed since:

26 January, 2015

Delivery plan:

Submitted: 2 March, 2015

Laing O’Rourke holds health and safety as a core business value. We are committed to a future free of incident and injury, and the effective management of drug and alcohol misuse is an integral part of this.

Our delivery plan to support our commitment is to:

Comply with all applicable legislation and local standards relevant to the location and nature of the works.

Never knowingly permit any Laing O’Rourke employee, its consultants or trade contractors or anyone engaged directly or indirectly (as a ‘worker’) to report for work or enter work premises under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or to consume these while on duty or on the premises.

Implement control measures to prevent, as far as reasonably practical, individuals from working or entering work premises while under the influence of drugs or excess alcohol, or consuming these at work. These measures include in-house and external testing programmes, with the capacity to carry out compulsory drugs and alcohol screening within three months of commencing employment, annual random screening for safety-critical workers, post-incident testing and unannounced random screening at various locations.

Take a positive approach to any employee/worker seeking help or guidance in overcoming Alcohol and/or drug-related problems – but only where the issue is raised before selection for random testing or notice of a planned testing date.

Never knowingly employ or retain any employee/worker, directly or indirectly, who has been justifiably dismissed by an employer for alcohol and/or drug-related misconduct.

Take suitable action were required. Any employee/worker found to have tested positive after a drug or alcohol test will be immediately suspended from the work in which they are engaged, pending a full investigation. Employees/workers testing positive for drugs or excess alcohol, attempting to defeat or refusing to take a test, face sanctions up to and including termination of contract
During 2015/16 we will:
• Raise awareness of issues associated with misuse of drugs & alcohol via the rollout of the Laing O’Rourke “Building a healthier Lifestyle” one day course.
• Raise awareness of the Confidence in Care (CiC) employee assistance program that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.
• Continue to undertake random & for cause drug & alcohol testing.
• Continue with health surveillance and health & well being sessions in conjunction with our appointed occupational health provider, and the provision of management referral for specialist support if & when required.

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