Hr management of healthcare systems

HR Management of Healthcare Systems

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Assignment 2: Alcohol and Drugs Abuse

The abuse of both alcohol and drugs has increased to a dangerous level at the healthcare facility where you work as an HR manager. You decide to develop a policy for your institution to minimize alcohol and drug abuse by your staff (including clinical e.g. physicians, nurses and nonclinical personnel).

Click here to see a sample corporate policy on drug and alcohol abuse

Create a substance abuse policy applicable to all personnel at your healthcare facility. The policy should include the goals, objectives, and purpose of the policy, expectations of clinical and nonclinical personnel, the testing procedure, disciplinary action and consequences.

Submit the policy which should be no more than three pages in a Word document





Statement of Need

(Company) has a strong commitment to the health, safety and welfare of its employees, their families and its customers. Widely available statistics and information establish that the incidence of drug and alcohol abuse is increasing and that the effect is devastating to lives, business and the community at large. (Company) is concerned because of the potential for abuse among some of our employees. The safety of our employees and the general public could be endangered. Our commitment to maintaining a safe and secure workplace requires a clear policy and supportive programs relating to the detection, treatment and prevention of substance abuse by employees.


It is the goal of (Company) to provide a safe workplace by eliminating the hazards to health and job safety created by alcohol and other drug abuse. We believe this goal to be in the best interest of our employees and our stockholders.


This policy applies to all employees of the company while on the job and to situations where an employee’s off-the-job or off-premises conduct impairs work performance or undermines public confidence in or harms the reputation of (Company). It is also intended to apply to employees of firms doing business with the company while on our premises.

Although (Company) has no intention of intruding into the private lives of its employees, we recognize that involvement with alcohol or other drugs off the job eventually takes it toll on job performance. Our concern is to ensure that employees report to work in a condition to perform their duties safely and efficiently in the interest of their fellow workers and customers as well as themselves.

Policy Statement


1.     (Company) will not tolerate or condone substance abuse. It is our policy to maintain a workplace free from alcohol and other drug abuse and its effects.


1.     It is the policy of (Company) that employees who engage in the sale, use, possession or transfer of illegal drugs or controlled substances, or who offer to buy or sell such substances; the use of alcohol during working hours; or the abuse of prescribed drugs will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination.

2.     It is the policy of (Company) to commit the resources necessary to achieve and maintain a drug-free and alcohol-free environment.

(Company) expects the full support of this policy by all employees and all persons doing business with the company.


To provide a safe drug-free and alcohol-free working environment, (company) will:

1.     Establish definitive rules and regulations.

2.     Provide increased awareness through training, education and communication on the subject of alcohol and other drug abuse.

3.     Recognize that there may be employees who have an alcohol or other drug problem and stand willing to assist in the resolution of that problem by encouraging employees to seek help through employee assistance programs.

In addition, (company) may take any or all of the following actions:

1.     Conduct alcohol and other drug screen tests both prospective to and during employment.

2.     Inspect persons and their property in our employ or doing business with (company).

3.     Cooperate with outside law enforcement agencies.

4.     Take any other actions deemed necessary and appropriate by (company).

Company Responsibility

As a responsible employer and member of the community (company) will:

1.     Create an awareness in employees and their families of the impact of substance abuse.

2.     Administer programs that consider employee rights, are positive in their intent and are within legal boundaries.

3.     Support the establishment of programs to assist employees with alcohol and other drug abuse or dependency problems.

4.     Utilize all channels and resources available to it to educate and increase the awareness of employees and the general public.

5.     Support local and national efforts to combat alcohol and other drug abuse and its effects.

Employee Responsibility

(Company) believes that each employee has the responsibility to :


1.     Report to work at all times free of alcohol or other drugs and their effects.


1.     Participate in and support company-sponsored drug and alcohol education programs.

2.     Seek and accept assistance for alcohol and other drug-abuse-related problems before job performance is affected.

3.     Support company efforts to eliminate alcohol and other drug abuse among employees where it exists.


Each division, subsidiary or affiliate of (company) will be responsible for establishing and implementing detailed policies and procedures, specific to its needs, in support of this policy. Each of these policies is subject to central review for consistency with (company’s) policy.

Responsibility for interpretation of this policy falls to the (company’s) human resource department.



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