Alcohol and Substance Misuse
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is committed to providing a safe, healthy and productive working environment for its employees, any agency workers and/or contractors it employs, any visitors to its premises and anyone affected by its operations, including clients and members of the public.
Alcohol and drug misuse in the workplace is therefore a very important issue for the Council as it can lead to: accidents caused by impaired judgement; lateness and absenteeism; loss of productivity and poor performance; and bad behaviour and poor discipline.
Under Policy HS17 - Alcohol and Substance Misuse, employees and elected members are not permitted to drink alcohol or use illegal substances or misuse other substances during contractual hours, immediately before work, during breaks, when on call or standby or at formal social events when representing the Council. This also applies to agency workers and contractors working on behalf of the Council.
Furthermore under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, the Council has a legal obligation to report to the police any possession, use or supply of illegal drugs on any of its premises or in any of its vehicles.
However the Council does recognise that employees with a dependency on alcohol or drugs will need support and assistance to deal with their problem, and the Council will endeavour to provide this in line with the provisions of the Alcohol and Substance Misuse Policy.
Advice on alcohol and substance misuse can be obtained from both the Health and Safety Team, Tŷ Elai, Williamstown, CF40 1NY, telephone number 01443 425546, and from the Occupational Health and Wellbeing Unit, Municipal Buildings, Gelliwastad Road, Pontypridd, CF37 2DP, telephone number 01443 494003.