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Alcohol and Drugs: The Management of Workplace Problems

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm


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Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel, Knightsbridge, London

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The aim of the day is to provide participants with a greater understanding of the difficulties that arise from alcohol and drug use and to equip attendees with problem solving approaches to the management of these issues in the workplace.

Alcohol and Drugs: The Management of Workplace ProblemsWith considerable implications for health and safety, absenteeism, productivity and working relationships, alcohol and drug use can be of central importance for creating (or destroying) effective working environments.

As a result, having clear and robust policies and procedures in place can provide the framework for all staff to work to and the guidance on action to be taken should problems arise.

However, developing an understanding of the issues, gaining greater awareness of the signs and symptoms, and acquiring the skills to address and manage individuals when alcohol when drug use is identified, can be a challenge.

This course will help those responsible for employees, who may face alcohol and drug issues, to gain confidence to implement the procedures and deal with the problems when they arise.



  • HR practitioner
  • Occupational Health professional
  • Health and Safety Manager




Six key things you will learn on this course:

Identify employee drug and alcohol problems and ensure that they can manage these problems effectively

Maximise workforce efficiency, productivity, reduce absenteeism and promote a healthy lifestyle

Provide a return on investment, outlining the case that it is often more cost effective to rehabilitate and invest in the health and wellbeing of employees rather than incur the extra expense and associated costs, time and effort it takes to recruit and retrain replacement staff

Understand that it is more cost effective for an organisation to deal with these issues on a per case basis rather than paying for an under-utilised company wide EAP program or cash-plan covering each employee

Be an ethical and socially responsible organisation that treats addiction problems as a healthcare concern

Reduce the risk of workplace accidents, and the risk of liability to incur legal costs as the result of these accidents


09:30 Coffee and registration
10:00 Welcome, Introductions and Objectives for the day
10:15 Alcohol and Drug Use 

  • Problems
  • Progression
11:00 Alcohol and Drug Use in the Workplace 

  • Signs
  • Consequences
11:30 Morning coffee
11:45 Workplace Policies 

  • Development
  • Delivery
12:30 Lunch and discussion
13:30 Managing Difficult Situations 

  • Support for Managers and Colleagues
  • Support for Concerned Others
14:30 Case Studies 

  • Based on participants own experiences/difficulties
15:15 Afternoon Tea
15:30 Resources 

  • Advice, information, support
  • Treatment options/Aftercare
15:50 Conclusions and Action Planning
16:00 Close of Course




Peter Smith


Peter Smith has worked in the addictions field for over 25 years, he is one of the UK’s leading experts on workplace drug and alcohol concerns.

He has more than 12 years experience acting in a consultancy capacity both in the UK and overseas consulting on the development of workplace drug and alcohol policies; the delivery of staff treatment programmes; and company training and development projects.

Peter has worked with a broad range of companies from SME’s to large private and public sector organisations across the UK and with multinational corporations all over the world. Having worked in sectors, including; manufacturing and production, logistics and public transport, aerospace and defense, technology, IT and computing, consultancy firms and other organisations.

He is currently a member of an RCGP (Royal College of General Practitioners) advisory panel supporting the development of GP training and a member of a Responsibility in Gambling Fund (RGF) steering group. Peter is also the Development Director at a drug and alcohol treatment centre: a GAMNOS Advisory Group member; and a RCGP Gambling Awareness Advisory Board member.

All of Peter’s training courses are fully bespoke and tailored to the individual needs of the particular organisation. Some of the broad topics that Peter can cover include:

  • Basic Skills for Managers
  • Alcohol and Drug Awareness
  • What is Addiction? Signs and Symptoms of Addiction
  • The Impact of Addiction
  • How to Manage Alcohol and Drug Problems
  • Relapse Prevention and Supporting Recovery

In addition to the above Peter can provide sessions that are medically focused. He is also able to offer some insights from past patients with their experiences of workplace drink and drug using scenarios.



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