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Survey among small businesses in Scotland of the levels of adoption and views regarding workplace alcohol and drug policies. A report to the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives, commissioned by Alcohol Focus Scotland.

By Jan Gill, Fiona O'May and Fiona Maclean


The Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives (SCHWL) runs a Healthy Working Lives Award programme, which supports employers and employees to develop health promotion and safety themes in the workplace that are beneficial to all.\ud \ud Once an organisation has registered for the Award Programme, it can then begin to work through the three levels of Award, from Bronze, Silver, and on to Gold. All organisations have to address minimum health and safety requirements, and are required to submit a signed 11-point Health and Safety checklist prior to the Award assessment.\ud The first level of Award, Bronze, has three core criteria. The workplace must address Healthy Working Lives in the workplace; assess safety and health needs in the workplace; and raise awareness of Healthy Working Lives. \ud All the above criteria must be fulfilled and maintained before the workplace can progress to a Silver Award. It should be noted that at this stage, the workplace does not have to have a substance misuse policy in place.\ud To achieve a Silver award, the workplace should also incorporate benchmarking of Healthy Working Lives performance against other organisations or departments, and the sharing of good practice. In addition, the workplace has to introduce and implement a policy on alcohol and drugs that includes education about sensible drinking and counselling support.\ud The achievement of a Gold Award is dependent on the development of a three year strategy that keeps health on the agenda, and a one year rolling action plan. The organisation must demonstrate long-term commitment to maintaining and improving health in the workplace, and that the work undertaken at Bronze and Silver Award levels is ongoing

Publisher: Queen Margaret University
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