Health and Safety

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Drug and Alcohol Policy

Purpose

RML Group Mining Services is committed to providing a safe, healthy and secure environment for all our employees and for those affected by its operations and activities. The quality of RML Group Mining Services work will not be compromised by the presence of people under the influence of alcohol, non-prescribed drugs or over the prescribed dose of prescription medication in the workplace. This policy is designed to eliminate the risks inherent in the use or abuse of drugs, alcohol or other substances.  RML Group Mining Services recognises the inherent risks associated with drug use, alcohol abuse, and abuse or misuse of other substances. This policy is designed to eliminate these risks from workplaces and their surrounding environments.

The policy applies to all direct employees, agency and sub-contract employees whilst at their workplace and visitors to company premises or workplaces.

Basic Requirements

The essential requirements of the policy are that:

  • Employees must always be in a fit state to carry out their duties when at work. They must not possess, consume or be under the influence of alcohol or other impairing substances.
  • RML Group Mining Services has a ‘zero tolerance’ to drugs and alcohol. Employees are not permitted to work while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Anyone suspected of being impaired due to alcohol or substance abuse or taking of drugs, legal or illegal, must immediately be removed from the workplace.
  • RML Group Mining Services will carry out screening for alcohol and drugs. Testing may be carried out on reasonable suspicion or following an accident or incident. RML Group Mining Services also reserves the right to introduce random testing where it is considered appropriate.
  • Provide assistance through a range of preventative, educational and rehabilitative measures to overcome drug and alcohol problems that could impair an employee’s ability to work safely.
  • Encourage our employees to maintain good health and wellbeing through a suitable lifestyle balance.

An employee / contractor has a responsibility to take prescription and pharmacy drugs in accordance with the instructions of their medical practitioner and normal directions relating to use of the drugs. In the instance that prescription medication could potentially affect the ability of the employee to perform their normal work duties safely; the employee must notify their immediate supervisor and RML Group Mining Services Operation Department so that corrective control strategies can be implemented. Failure to advise may constitute misconduct.

In the event that drugs or alcohol are found on company premises, actions may include an investigation of the matter to attempt to determine who is responsible for the drugs or alcohol, or requiring workplace participants to undergo a drug or alcohol test.

Alcohol and Drug Testing and Disciplinary Process

The company will carry out screening for alcohol and drugs. Testing may be carried out on reasonable suspicion or following an accident or incident. The company also reserves the right to carry out random testing where it is considered appropriate. The disciplinary process will be invoked, and may lead to summary dismissal, in the case of any direct employee who:

  • is removed from a workplace due to impairment or suspicion of impairment caused by substance abuse, drugs or alcohol consumption
  • tests positive for illegal drugs
  • is found to have a blood alcohol level of 0.00 or more, or the equivalent in urine or breath samples.
  • refuses to undertake a screening test for alcohol or drugs, or
  • Is found supplying illegal drugs in any company workplace.

Employees placed at Partner Organisation work sites that have implemented regular or random drug and alcohol testing are required to participate in the Partner Organisation’s testing program. This may include pre-employment drug testing programs.

Persons found to be exhibiting the effects of drugs or alcohol may be required to have an appropriate test conducted. If a positive drug and alcohol reading is recorded at any time, the employee will be subject to disciplinary action, possibly including suspension and/or termination.  
An employee found to be exhibiting the effects of drugs or alcohol, or returning a positive drug or alcohol reading, or refusing to participate in testing, will be required to cease work immediately and leave the workplace.

  • As part of our commitment to maintaining safe work practices, RML Group Mining Services is unable to allow employees to resume work until such time as they undertake testing and a negative result is obtained.
  • Employees sent home or to a medical examination must report to the appropriate Partner Organisation and RML Group Mining Services Operations Department the following working day or when they are no longer under the influence of drugs or alcohol to discuss the incident.
  • Employees who return a positive result or refuse testing will not be paid for this time off work until a negative drug test is returned.

Requests for Help

The Company will treat any requests for assistance from any employee who volunteers the information that they have a drink or drug related problem sympathetically. A request of this nature will not be accepted subsequent to or immediately prior to testing for alcohol and drugs. During any regime of treatment the individual would remain subject to the requirements of this policy whilst at work.

Drug and Alcohol Management Strategies

  • RML Group Mining Services will ensure that where there is a risk to health and safety from drug or alcohol misuse, effective control strategies will be implemented.
  • Such control strategies will focus on job performance and safety and will be implemented in conjunction with appropriate counselling.
  • The Drug and Alcohol Policy will be explained to all new employees at induction.
  • Workers are encouraged to report drug and alcohol problems that could present safety risks.
  • Suitable training will be provided, if needed, so that workers will know how to deal with drug and alcohol misuse appropriately.
  • Interventions in the case of safety-related drug and alcohol problems will be monitored and evaluated and followed up with further action if required.

Manager and Supervisor Commitment

Managers and supervisors are responsible, within the scope of their authority, for ensuring that:

  • The objectives of this policy are integrated into work practices.
  • Effective action is taken to prevent accidents, incidents or injuries, which could result from drug or alcohol misuse.
  • Risks arising from drug or alcohol misuse are identified, assessed and controlled.

Confidentiality

When addressing issues relating to alcohol and drug misuse, all parties should be sensitive to the individual’s right to confidentiality, privacy and dignity. However, employees need to be aware that Partner Organisations will need to be informed about issues that may affect safety in the workplace. If the employee is aged less than eighteen years, the parent/guardian may also need to be involved.

This policy will be notified to sub-contractor and agency firms and it will be a condition of their contract with the Company that this policy applies to anyone they send to work in a company workplace. In the event of any of their employees being found in breach of any of the requirements of this policy they will be permanently excluded from all company workplaces. Visitors to company workplaces should be notified of the requirements of this policy.

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