Purpose and Goal
Medical Supply, Inc. is committed to protecting the safety, health and well being of all employee and other individuals in our workplace. We recognize that alcohol abuse and drug use pose a significant threat to our goals. We have established a drug-free workplace program that balances our respect for individuals with the need to maintain an alcohol and drug-free environment.
- This policy recognized that employee involvement with alcohol and other drugs can be very disruptive, adversely affect the quality of work and performance of employees, pose serious health risks to users and others, and have a negative impact on productivity and morale.
- As a condition of employment, this organization requires that employees adhere to a strict policy regarding the use and possession of drugs and alcohol.
- This organization encourages employees to voluntarily seek help with drug and alcohol problems.
Any individual who conducts business for the organization, is applying for a position or is conducting business on the organization’s property is covered by our drug-free workplace policy. Our policy includes, but is not limited to CEO, executive management, managers, supervisors, full-time employees, part-time employees, off-site employees, contractors, volunteers, interns and applicants.
Our drug-free workplace policy is intended to apply whenever anyone is representing or conducting business for the organization. Therefore, this policy applies during all working hours, whenever conducting business or representing the organization, while on organization property and at company-sponsored events.
It is a violation of our drug-free workplace policy to use, possess, sell, trade, and/or offer for sale alcohol, illegal drugs or intoxicants.
Prescription and over-the-counter drugs are not prohibited when taken in standard dosage and/or according to a physician’s prescription. Any employee taking prescribed or over-the-counter medications will be responsible for consulting the prescribing physician and/or pharmacist to ascertain whether the medication may interfere with safe performance of his/her job. If the use of medication could compromise the safety of the employee, fellow employees or the public, it is the employee’s responsibility to use appropriate personnel procedure (e.g., call in sick, use leave, request change of duty, notify supervisor, notify company doctor) to avoid unsafe workplace practices.
The illegal or unauthorized use of prescription drugs is prohibited. It is a violation of our drug-free workplace policy to intentionally misuse and/or abuse prescription medications. Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken if job performance deterioration and/or other accidents occur.
Notification of Convictions
Any employee who is convicted of a criminal drug violation in the workplace must notify the organization in writing within five calendar days of the conviction. The organization will take appropriate action within 30 days of notification. Federal contracting agencies will be notified when appropriate.
Entering the organization’s property constitutes consent to searches and inspection. If an individual is suspected of violating the drug-free workplace policy, he or she may be asked to submit to a search or inspection at any time. Searches can be conducted of desks and work stations.
One of the goals of our drug-free workplace program is to encourage employees to voluntarily seek help with alcohol and/or drug problems. If, however, an individual violates the policy, the consequences are serious. In the case of applicants, if he or she violates the drug-free workplace policy, the offer of employment can be withdrawn. The applicant may reapply after eighteen months and must successfully pass a pre-employment drug test.
If an employee violates the policy, he or she will be subject to progressive disciplinary action and may be required to enter rehabilitation. An employee required to enter rehabilitation who fails to successfully complete it and/or repeatedly violates the policy will be terminated from employment. Nothing in this policy prohibits the employee from being disciplined or discharged for other violations and/or performance problems.
Medical Supply, Inc. recognizes that alcohol and drug abuse and addiction are treatable illnesses. We also realize that early intervention and support improve the success of rehabilitation. To support our employees, our drug-free workplace policy:
- Encourages employees to seek help if they are concerned that they or their family members may have a drug and/or alcohol problem.
- Encourages employees to utilize the services of qualified professionals in the community to assess the seriousness of suspected drug or alcohol problems and identify appropriate sources of help.
Treatment for alcoholism and/or other drug use disorders may be covered by the employee benefit plan. However, the ultimate financial responsibility for recommended treatment belongs to the employee.
All information received by the organization through the drug-free workplace program is confidentiality communication. Access to this information is limited to those who have a legitimate need to know in compliance with relevant laws and management policies.\
A safe and productive drug-free workplace is achieved through cooperation and shares responsibility. Both employees and management have important roles to play.
All employees are required to not report to work or be subject to duty while their ability to perform job duties is impaired due to on- or off-duty use of alcohol or other drugs.
In addition, employees are encouraged to:
- Be concerned about working in a safe environment.
- Report dangerous behavior to their supervisor.
It is the supervisor’s responsibility to:
- Inform employees of the drug-free workplace policy.
- Observe employee performance.
- Investigate reports of dangerous practices.
- Document negative changes and problems in performance.
- Counsel employees as to expected performance improvement.
- Clearly state consequences of policy violations.
Communicating our drug-free workplace policy both supervisors and employees is critical to our success. To ensure all employees are aware of their role in supporting our drug-free workplace program:
- All employees will receive a written copy of the policy.
- The policy will be reviewed in orientation sessions with new employees.