Your drug-free workplace policy serves as the foundation of your program and supervisors are key to its enforcement. Supervisor training provides an opportunity to thoroughly review the policy and answer supervisors questions and concerns. If supervisors understand the purpose and intent of the policy, they are more likely to support it and do their part to enforce it.
When introducing the policy, you want to be clear in communicating its intent in order to:
In addition, you will want supervisors to appreciate that the drug-free workplace policy is based on defensible objectives such as:
- Sends a clear message that use of alcohol and drugs in the workplace is prohibited, and
- Encourage employees to voluntarily seek help with alcohol and drug problems.
But for supervisors, understanding the drug-free workplace policy is not enough. They also must understand their role in enforcing the policy and be given training.
- Ensuring the health and safety of employees, customers and the public;
- Protecting employer assets from theft and destruction;
- Protecting trade secrets;
- Maintaining product quality and integrity; and
- Complying with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 or any other applicable Federal, state or local laws.
*Instructions for the Trainer: