DRUGS & ALCOHOL POLICY
MMC Diving Services are committed to implementing its alcohol and drugs policy to ensure the health, safety and welfare of its employees, sub-contractors and others who may be effected by its actions. The policy is written in the knowledge that the abuse of alcohol and drugs is a medical illness and in no way compatible with good health, safety and welfare performance.
All divers undertake a yearly medical examination to determine their fitness to perform their duties and to ensure their ability to meet the requirements of the company. The medical will be undertaken to the requirements of the HSE Diving Regulations.
When working on site all MMC operatives are subject to the main contractors Drugs and Alcohol policy, which can include random samples of employees being subject to drugs and alcohol screening.
Under the terms and conditions of employment, if an employee reports for work and is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs he will be prevented from commencing work until an assessment has been made. If the medical assessment proves positive, disciplinary action will be taken which will result in the immediate employee dismissal from MMC Limited.
The possession or consumption of alcohol or restricted drugs on the company or clients premises is strictly prohibited, and could render the employee liable to dismissal and prosecution under the act. Employees have a duty to inform the supervisor if they have been prescribed medication, which may affect their fitness to work (medical advice will then be sought).
Working on Network Rail Infrastructure
Employees and subcontractors working on Network Rail Infrastructure must conform to the Transport and Works Act 1992 (sections 27 & 29).
Under section 27 of the act, contractors will be liable in connection with offences related to the consumption of alcohol or the use of illicit drugs committed by their employees when working on or about the operational railway.
Under section 29 of the act, a breath test may be demanded from the individual where a police officer suspects that the individual was working on the railway and have consumed alcohol. The act provides for the arrest and charge of such persons.
Employees and subcontractors will be issued with a copy of the alcohol and drugs policy and the code of conduct together with a detailed explanation of their requirements.
Where an employee has been diagnosed as having an alcohol or drugs related illness, they will be advised of the appropriate medical and counselling services that will be made available to them.
The implementation and monitoring of the company alcohol and drugs policy and code of conduct will be the responsibility of the management and supervising staff with the assistance and guidance of the company doctor.