Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco: A Toolkit For Employers

By using Business in the Community’s Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco toolkit, produced in association with Public Health England, you can reduce employees’ sickness, absence, and improve their mental wellbeing and productivity. It includes simple, practical steps you can follow to embed a positive and open culture. It will help you pick out the best free resources that will be most useful to you and your team, and help you develop an approach that fits the needs of your staff and organisation.

The toolkit includes:

  • A clear, staged checklist of actions for employers of all sizes
  • An adaptable framework for a drugs, alcohol and tobacco policy
  • A summary of key legislation relating to drugs and alcohol use in England
  • Case studies from a range of organisations.

This toolkit has been informed by an evidence review produced by the Public Health England Library Team which considered evidence from a broad range of practitioners, professionals and business experts who also helped source and shape the content of the toolkit. It also draws on the experience of organisations supporting their employees to make healthier choices concerning alcohol, drugs and tobacco. The Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco toolkit also signposts external organisations that offer advice and support to employers and employees.

The case studies in this toolkit have been written following consultation with experts working in relevant sectors, and through the contribution of employers who are taking these topics seriously. The case studies include employers sharing real world examples of the initiatives they have trialled to support employees.

This toolkit explains:

  • The legal context that will inform your approach
  • How to manage issues arising from the use of alcohol, drugs and tobacco 
  • How to monitor and evaluate the impact of your approach

View and download the other seven toolkits in this series, developed in partnership with Public Health England

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Domestic Abuse Toolkit

Domestic Abuse Toolkit. This toolkit, sponsored by The Insurance Charities, provides support and guidance for employers in responding to the risk of domestic abuse.

Mental Health For Employers Toolkit

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Musculoskeletal Health (MSK): A toolkit for Employers

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Good musculoskeletal (MSK) health is integral to a full working life. It supports us with functional mobility and dexterity, balance and coordination, and contributes to muscular strength and endurance; essential to nearly all forms of work. It also enables us to stay physically and mentally fit and reduce the occurrence of other health problems. Action should be taken at all ages to invest in enhancing education, awareness and opportunities to engage in understanding good MSK health and how to reduce the risks of developing an MSK problem.

Physical Activity, Healthy Eating and Healthier Weight: A Toolkit For Employers

Physical Activity, Healthy Eating and Healthier Weight: A Toolkit For Employers. This toolkit shows how working in partnership with employees, employers can take a positive, proactive, preventative approach to support weight management and encourage greater physical activity.

Reducing the risk of suicide

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Sleep and Recovery Toolkit

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