Toolbox Talk: Alcohol and Drugs at Work

Why have this talk? Statistics show that alcohol and drug misuse are increasing in the workplace. This talk is to make all employees aware of their responsibilities and understand that alcohol and drug abuse in the workplace can lead to accidents.

What will this talk cover? The effects of alcohol and drugs on your safety and that of others.

Toolbox Talk: Alcohol and Drugs at Work

Toolbox Talk: Alcohol and Drugs at Work


Alcohol is a depressant drug which reduces brain function. This means it does not mix well with work. In high risk industries, alcohol increases the risk of fatal accidents.

If you drink, don’t drive. Many drivers who are killed in road accidents are over the legal alcohol in blood limit.


All drugs can affect your ability to work safely because they can slow down your reaction times, affect your co-ordination making you clumsy, affect your decision making and distort your vision. As a result, the chance of having an accident at work is increased when you are under the influence of drugs.

If you become aware that somebody is on drugs in the workplace, inform your line manager. You may feel it has nothing to do with you but you need to prevent others getting hurt because of their actions.

If you get offered drugs, say no, it is far better to work safely. Drugs and work don’t mix. Don’t let it become a problem for you and if is, get some help.

What to look for?

Some signs of colleagues being under the influence of drugs include watery eyes, dilated pupils, running nose, constant sniffing, tight lips, sores, ulcers, trembling, fatigue and irritability. If you see it, report it.

Questions for employees

  • What effect can alcohol have on you?
  • How long can it take for a pint of beer to clear your system?
  • What effect could drugs have on you and your work colleagues?
  • What would you do if you saw a person taking drugs or you suspect someone is drunk at work?

Do you have any questions for me?

Contact us if you have any questions.



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