It is The Arc’s desire to provide a drug-free, healthful and safe workplace. To promote this goal, employees are required to report to work in appropriate mental and physical condition to perform their jobs in a satisfactory manner.

Tobacco Products and E-cigarettes

The smoking of tobacco products and e-cigarettes is not permitted inside the buildings or the vehicles of The Arc or while conducting Arc business off-premises.

If employees smoke outside during their breaks, smoking at least 10 feet from any door as well as proper, out-of-sight disposal of cigarette butts are required.

Chewing tobacco is not permitted in the workplace or when conducting Arc business off-premises.

Illegal and Controlled Substances

Controlled substances are drugs which have been declared by federal or state law to be illegal for sale or use, but may be dispensed under a physician’s prescription. The basis for control and regulation is the danger of addiction, abuse, physical and mental harm (including death), the trafficking by illegal means, and the dangers from actions of those who have used the substances.

While on Arc premises and while conducting business-related activities off premises the manufacture, distribution, sale, or dispensing of illegal and controlled substances is prohibited.  Use or possession or being under the influence of illegal or controlled substances is prohibited on the premises except when a controlled substance is prescribed by a physician for the employee’s medical needs and then, only if it does not impair an employee’s ability to perform the essential functions of the job effectively and in a safe manner that does not endanger others in the workplace.

Employees may not operate Arc vehicles while taking or under the influence of an illegal or controlled substance unless the medication is legally prescribed and does not impair the employee’s ability to operate a motor vehicle.  Employees may not operate any vehicle while on Arc business while taking or under the influence of an illegal or controlled substance unless the medication is legally prescribed and does not impair the employee’s ability to operate a motor vehicle.

Alcohol Use

While on Arc premises and while conducting business-related activities off Arc premises, no employee may be under the influence of alcohol.

Protocols

Violations of this policy may lead to disciplinary action up to and including immediate termination of employment or required participation in a substance abuse rehabilitation or treatment program. Such violations may also have legal consequences.

Employees with questions or concerns about substance abuse dependency or abuse are encouraged to discuss these matters with their supervisor to receive assistance or referrals to appropriate resources in the community.

Employees with drug and/or alcohol problems that have not resulted in, and are not the immediate subject of, disciplinary action may request approval to take unpaid time off to participate in a rehabilitation or treatment program.  Leave may be granted if the employee agrees to abstain from use of the problem substance; abides by all Arc policies, rules and prohibitions relating to conduct in the workplace and Arc-related activities off-premises; and if granting the leave shall not cause The Arc any undue hardship.

Under the Drug-Free Workplace Act, an employee who performs work for a government contract or grant shall notify The Arc of a criminal conviction for drug-related activity occurring in the workplace or while conducting Arc business.  The report must be made within five (5) days of the conviction.

Employees with questions on this policy or issues related to drug or alcohol use in the workplace should raise their concerns with their supervisor without fear of reprisal.

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