Ninety per cent of personnel directors from top UK organisations surveyed in
1994 stated that alcohol consumption was a problem for their organisation. Most
regarded alcohol as a fairly minor problem, involving a small number of
employees. However, 17% of personnel directors described alcohol consumption as
a 'major problem' for their organisation. What concerned directors most, in
order of priority, was:
These concerns are equally important for small and medium-sized businesses.
They fall into two main areas:
The British Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published a guide 'Don't mix
it! A guide for employers on alcohol at work', which advises small and
medium-sized business operators/managers on ways to deal with the problem and
encourage the introduction of workplace alcohol policies.
The publication explains the legal position, what can be done, who to consult
with, screening, a checklist, a model workplace alcohol policy and case
AplusA-online.de - Source: Health and Safety Executive