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Workplace Safety compromised by Employee Drug and Alcohol Use

EAP Institute Maurice Duncan

The Employee Assistance Programme Institute will present a one day Certified Training Course on Drugs and Alcohol at Work – Managing Reasonable Suspicion at The Clayton Hotel Galway on Thursday 5th March 2020. View details here

Commenting on the announcement the Director of the EAP Institute said “The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has highlighted some of the workplace risks involved and delegates to the course will be briefed on the so called grey fleet drivers driving under the Influence of Illicit drugs and/or the abuse of prescription drugs”.

He went on. “They will also be advised that Gardaí can now test a driver’s oral fluid for cannabis, cocaine, opiates (for example, heroin and morphine) and benzodiazepines (for example Valium). Certain medications that can have negative effects include: Medicines that are prescribed by a doctor, non-prescription medicines from your pharmacy (often called ‘over-the-counter’ medicines) herbal medicines or supplements.”

Concluding Quinlan said “Under Section 13b of the Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 employees who report or are on duty under the influence of intoxicants (defined as drugs and alcohol) may compromise their personal safety and that of others and should be removed from the place of work.” Ends

Speakers on the one course will include Maurice Quinlan Director of the EAP Institute, one of Ireland’s foremost specialists on workplace drugs and alcohol and Duncan Carmichael, Sales Manager, AgriYork, UK. Duncan is a member of the European Workplace Drug Testing Society technical committee and was a part of the team producing the current 2015 guidelines on employee drug testing.

For registration contact:

Irene Kenny, Conference Administrator,

EAP Institute, 143 Barrack Street, Waterford, Ireland

Tel: + 353 51 855733

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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