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Drugs and Alcohol Policy Template

Published 3 February 2016 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAlcohol testing Drugs and alcohol policy Drugs testing

Many sites have implemented a Drugs and Alcohol Policy to ensure all operatives on site are not under the influence of alcohol or drugs and therefore are fit to work. Drugs and alcohol testing might be implemented where appropriate to further encourage this positive culture of safety consideration. For sites that do not have their own company policy in place,…


Supporting Operatives through Drug and Alcohol Misuse

Published 9 December 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAlcohol testing Consultation Counselling services Drugs and alcohol policy Drugs testing Management

Encouraging healthy living throughout the workforce is important. Providing information and help on preventing the use of alcohol and drugs, can make operatives feel supported and cared for. Alcohol and drug use should also be considered and discouraged. Especially as this can have a negative impact on the health and wellbeing of the workforce and even present a potential safety issue. Below…


Introducing Ambassadors to Manage Alcohol and Drugs on Site

Published 6 October 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAttitudes Drugs and alcohol policy Management

A proactive approach to managing drugs and alcohol on site is important. Operatives need to be of a fit state of mind and have sound judgement to ensure the safety of themselves and others on site. Below is an example of how a site used ambassadors to manage the issue of drugs and alcohol: Alcohol and drugs ‘Ambassadors’ were appointed…


Supporting the homeless within the local community

Published 5 August 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesDisadvantaged groups Support

It is important to support and help the local community wherever possible.   Good levels of community engagement will represent your company in a good light and leave a positive lasting impression of the construction industry as a whole. Below is an example of a site that provided an exceptional level of help to homeless ex-service personnel within the local community: The site…


Using HSE guidelines to assess health risks

Published 19 November 2014 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAlcohol testing Drugs testing Occupational health risks

Construction companies should try to adopt high standards of care for their employees. Health risks should be identified, assessed and addressed, to ensure a safe work environment. An occupational health trade or activity risk matrix should be made available for the workforce. A number of sites have used the risk matrix ‘Health surveillance by trade’ that has been published by the…


Smoking, Drink and Drugs

Published 3 November 2014 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAlcohol testing Consultants Counselling services Drugs testing Quit smoking Smoking and vaping Workforce

Encouraging healthy living throughout the workforce is important. Providing information and help on how to quit smoking, for example, can make operatives feel supported and cared for. Alcohol and drug use should also be considered and discouraged. Especially as this can have a negative impact on the health and wellbeing of the workforce and even present a potential safety issue. Examples of…


Drug and Alcohol Testing

Published 24 October 2014 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAlcohol testing Drugs and alcohol policy Drugs testing

Random drugs and alcohol testing is an effective way of ensuring that safety on site is of paramount importance. Attitudes towards the effects of drugs and alcohol on workers, should be fed down from senior managers and adopted by all. Drinking or taking drugs before working on site could effect reaction times, judgements and result in dangerous incidents or accidents on site….


Smoking Issues

Published 17 October 2014 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesAshtrays Discreet areas Litter Quit smoking Smoking and vaping Vaping

Healthy lifestyle advice is becoming more and more important on construction sites. This can include specialist advice and support regarding dietary issues, drugs or alcohol abuse and smoking. Sites could encourage workers to stop smoking and lead a healthier lifestyle. If workers do not want to quit smoking, a sheltered, secluded area can be created to ensure that smokers have a…