Big Sandy Area Development District      Policy Manual

Drug and Alcohol Use

Big Sandy ADD wants to provide a drug-free, healthful, and safe workplace. To meet this goal, we expect you to report to work in a mental and physical condition that enables you to perform your job in a satisfactory manner.

While on Big Sandy ADD premises or while conducting business-related activities off Big Sandy ADD premises, you may not use, possess, distribute, sell, or be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs. Controlled substances are those described in KRS 218 A.020 through KRS 218 A.140, or in regulations of the Cabinet for Families and Children and the Cabinet for Health. We permit the legal use of prescribed drugs on the job only if they do not impair your ability to perform the essential functions of your job effectively and safely without endangering others.

Each employee shall read and sign the Drug Free Workplace Certification, attached to this policy, which will be placed into your permanent personnel file.

If you violate this policy, it may lead to disciplinary action, up to and including immediate termination of your employment. Additionally, we may require that you participate in a substance abuse rehabilitation or treatment program. If you violate this policy, there could also be legal consequences.

To help employees understand the important provisions of this policy, we will refer you to a drug-free awareness program in the area. The program provides information on the dangers and effects of substance abuse in the workplace, the resources available, and the consequences of violating this policy.

If you have questions about substance dependency or abuse, we strongly encourage you to discuss these matters with your team leader or the Executive Director to receive assistance or referrals to appropriate community resources.

An employee with a drug or alcohol problem may request approval to take unpaid time off to participate in a rehabilitation or treatment program through our health insurance benefit coverage, if the employee's substance abuse problem has not already resulted in disciplinary action and the employee is not currently subject to immediate disciplinary action. The time off may be granted if the employee agrees to abstain from using the problem substance; abides by all Big Sandy ADD policies, rules, and prohibition relating to conduct in the workplace; and if granting the time off will not cause Big Sandy ADD any undue hardship.

Under the Drug-Free Workplace Act, an employee who performs work for a government contract or grant must notify Big Sandy ADD of a criminal conviction for drug-related activity occurring in the workplace. The report must be made within five days of the conviction.

Employees are hereby informed that drug abuse prevention information and counseling is available through a Mountain Comprehensive Care Center located in each county seat of the Big Sandy Region.

If you have questions about this policy or issues related to drug or alcohol use at work, you can raise your concerns with your team leader or the Executive Director without fear of reprisal.

Big Sandy ADD policies require all employees to sign a drug free workplace acknowledgement form at the time of hire. This form will be placed in your permanent personnel file. Big Sandy ADD reserves the right to randomly drug test all employees with or without cause. Any such testing will be done without notification and at the ADD's expense.

Policy No.  702  Issued  7/17/2003    

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