April Safety Topic: April is Alcohol Awareness MonthMarch 18th, 2009 by
Drinking and Driving is a serious problem that plaques the United States. 23,000 deaths a year are caused by drunk drivers. When we drink, alcohol goes into our stomach where it is absorbed by the blood stream. The alcohol is then carried to the brain. When it reaches the brain, alcohol can affect our driving in three ways.
1. Alcohol impairs our judgment and decision making ability
2. Alcohol affects our coordination and our ability to handle a vehicle
3. Alcohol affects our vision—we can not always see things clearly
Minuteman Parking Company would like to remind everyone of our Drug and Alcohol Policy.
Illegal drugs in the workplace are a danger to everyone. Minuteman Parking Company is considered a Drug-Free Workplace. That means any employee who works for the Company is prohibited from engaging in the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use or being under the influence of a controlled substance. Controlled substances are generally considered to be, but not limited to, heroin, morphine, marijuana, hashish, cocaine, amphetamines, tranquilizers, PCP, LSD, “designer drugs,” etc., or any divertive thereof. For the purposes of this policy being under the influence meant having any detectable level of alcohol or controlled substances in one’s system.
The consumption use or possession of any alcoholic beverage or controlled substance, or the illegal use of drug(s), by anyone while acting in any employment capacity for the Company or on Company property, is strictly prohibited. Anyone found in violation of this standard will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including immediate termination of employment without prior notice or warning.
Unusual Behavior: If, in the opinion of management, your behavior is considered to be unusual and is or could be injurious to the Company or its employees, you may be subject to a drug/alcohol test as a condition of continued employment.
On-the-Job Injury: If you are involved in any on-the-job injury, the medical facility where you are sent will be asked to conduct a test to determine if drugs, alcohol, or any illegal substance was present that could have contributed to the cause of the injury. This test is mandatory and considered to be a condition of continued employment. Failure to comply with the directions from the medical facility or to take this test will result in immediate termination of employment without further notice or warning.
Test Results: A test result that reveals illegal substance use or substance abuse or alcohol influence will normally result in immediate termination of employment of the employee.
Prescribed and Over-the-Counter Drugs: The use of prescribed or over-the-counter drugs, or possession incident to such use, is not prohibited if:
· The drug has been legally obtained and is being used for the purpose for which it was prescribed or manufactured; and
· The drug is being used at the dosage prescribed or authorized; and
· The use of the drug is not inconsistent with the safe and efficient performance of the employee’s duties.
If you have any questions on the above policy please contact your locations Direct Manager or the Training and Safety Manager.