Alcohol in the workplace policy launched in Scotland

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A new initiative to help employers across Scotland develop responsible workplace alcohol policies has been unveiled.

Developed by the Scottish government & Alcohol Industry Partnership, in conjunction with the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives, the ‘model alcohol policy’ provides employers with best practice guidelines to deal with alcohol related problems at work.

The new policy was unveiled during Scotland’s Alcohol Awareness Week and was one of a number of key initiatives discussed during a parliamentary seminar held yesterday, chaired by Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) chief executive Gavin Hewitt.

The SWA is supporting the initiative along with the Scottish government and a number of other organisations, including the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) and CBI Scotland.

Scottish Minister for Public Health, Shona Robison, said: “With people’s minds focused on sensible drinking this Alcohol Awareness Week, today is an excellent opportunity to launch a tool to help businesses plan their policies around alcohol.

“There is a very significant economic cost to Scotland from lost productivity at work and days off sick due to alcohol. It is therefore very important that businesses think about how alcohol consumption can have an impact on their employees, have the processes in place to support staff experiencing difficulties, and manage the effect alcohol can have on their ability to perform their duties effectively.”

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