About the policy
Substance use can impact the workplace in several ways. Misuse of alcohol or drugs may have serious adverse effects on an employee’s health, safety, and job performance.
The City of Calgary has a Substance Use Policy to help protect and promote the health and safety of our employees and the public. It outlines the guidelines and responsibilities around:
- appropriate and inappropriate use of alcohol and/or drugs;
- responsibilities and expectations of employees and leaders; and,
- processes and procedures that provide employees with a substance use problem the opportunity to get well.
As City employees, we deserve the same concern, trust, respect and caring attitude that we use with citizens every day. Awareness, education, early detection and treatment of substance use problems support a safe, healthy and productive workplace. We place a priority on identification, treatment, successful recovery and re-entry into the workplace for employees that have a substance use problem.
Comply with the policy by:
- Report fit for work and remain fit for work at all times while on City of Calgary business.
- Inform your supervisor immediately if you are unable to safely and efficiently perform your duties due to the consumption of alcohol or legal or illegal drugs.
- Assume responsibility for substance dependency and seek professional assistance.
- Notify your supervisor if you are taking prescription medication that may impact your ability to safely and effectively perform your job.
- Have a valid provincial operator's licence of the correct class for the vehicle/equipment you operate and a valid City of Calgary operator's permit if your job requires operation of a City vehicle or equipment.
Actions that conflict with the policy:
- Be under any degree of influence from intoxicating, hallucinogenic, or mind altering substances if you a hold safety sensitive position
- Use any substance prior to or during a scheduled work shift that could impair your ability to safely and /or efficiently perform their duties. If use of a prescribed substance during your shift is required as part of a physician’s recommended treatment, immediately inform your supervisor prior to the start of your shift, so that we can explore possible accommodation options.
- Possess, distribute, offer or sell illegal or legal substances at the workplace.
- Allow your off-duty conduct to negatively impact The City’s reputation.
- Disregard a 24-hr driving suspension, even if it happens while you are off work. You must notify your employer of any driving suspensions, if you require a City of Calgary operator’s permit for your job.
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- Download: Substance Use Policy
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- Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP)
- Contact a Corporate Health Consultant to discuss your concerns and connect you to the available resources.
- Alberta Heath Services -Addictions and Substance Abuse Services provides a variety of counselling services, such as alcohol, other drug, tobacco and problem-gambling information, support and referral services.
- Speak to your Business Advisory Services HR Business Partner
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