Drug Awareness Training in the Workplace

slide2We provide drug (including alcohol) awareness to businesses, employees and employers. This can be delivered through E-Learning courses, or face to face training. If you care about the health and wellness of your employees, your most important resource, please read on.

Did You Know That….

  • Around 200,000 people in the UK go to work with a hangover every day (Alcohol Concern)
  • It is an offence to drive or attempt to drive a motor vehicle on a road or other public place, whilst unfit to drive through alcohol or drugs This also includes medication! Penalties can be severe and you could go to prison! (Road Traffic Act)
  • Approximately 1 in 5 of people killed in road crashes have traces of illegal substances in their blood (RoSPA)
  • In the UK an incredible 17 million working days are lost to alcohol-related sickness absence every year, or that there is a total annual alcohol-related output loss to the UK economy of up to £6.4 billion? (CIPD/NHS Partnership)

The Case for Drug Awareness in the Workplace

  • It is a proactive approach to employee health issues, helping to reduce illness, accidents and injuries related to substance misuse, and increasing health and wellness, and productivity;
  • It is also a response to external pressures such as government legislation and competition for companies to increase their corporate social responsibility;
  • The importance of health and wellness in the workplace is being highlighted at international levels;
  • According to Department for Work and Pensions, the changing demographics of the workplace population means that a workforce profile in the UK, by 2024 will be nearly 50% of the adult population aged 50 years plus;
  • Employees’ expectations are increasing and that includes expectations that employers should demonstrate a commitment to and support employee health and wellness;
  • Mental health is as important as physical health. Substance misuse affects both. Drug misuse impacts on an individual, their family, the workplace, the community and society as a whole;
  • Drug and alcohol misuse contribute to many accidents and short term and long term illnesses, therefore costing the health service and the economy billions of pounds through absenteeism, loss of productivity, loss of motivation, stress and poor decision making;
  • Everyone has a responsibility to raise their awareness about the risks and effects of substance misuse on an individual and the workplace, and to help to manage and minimise the health, social, legal, and financial impact and costs, at all levels of the organisation;
  • Statistics and case studies provide clear evidence that when an organisation demonstrates a commitment to the safety, health and well-being of staff, it has immense benefits for the business, and those it employs.

READ IT HERE– Our article, ‘Reducing the Health and Business Impact of Drug Misuse.



NEW Drug and Alcohol Awareness E-learning Course!  

Melvel Training, in association with Realsense Solutions Ltd is pleased to announce the re-launch of this course.

The key changes to this course are that it reflects recent changes in legislation and best practice. We have also implemented certain technical developments in the build of the course, to ensure an even greater user experience.                            

Aims and Objectives:

  • To help your staff have a greater understanding of the potential health, legal, social and financial impact of the misuse of drugs and alcohol
  • To give you and your staff develop strategies to help to minimise/prevent these risks

Topics Covered:

  • The law and employees’ responsibility regarding drugs, including alcohol;
  • The different reasons that people use drugs
  • The risks and effects of a range of legal and illegal substances including alcohol, on the individual, family and workplace
  • How to understand the different levels of risk associated with alcohol
  • Where to get information or support.

Below are sample slides from the course. To request a full demo please contact us

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This course is aimed at all employees.


Benefits of E-Learning:

  • Lower costs – costs start at £25 for a single licence, with discounts available for volume courses
  • Simple and easy to use – runs on standard multimedia computers through a standard web browser
  • Up and running in a matter of minutes
  • Faster delivery – for standard courses delivered via SCORM we can package the course to you within as little as 24hrs
  • More effective learning – memorable and meaningful learning, with interactive learning activities and assessments designed to ensure understanding and retention.

Cost: Starts at £25.00 for a single licence, with discounts available for volume courses


Our e-learning course for Managers has just been released. Please contact us for a demo.

Coming very soon- our NEW E-learning course ‘An Introduction to Drug Awareness’



REALSENSE Solutions Ltd. (REALSENSE) is an e-learning developer and provider with over twelve years of experience in delivering training solutions to both public and private sectors.  Organisations using their e-learning solutions include ITV, Cancer Research UK, Scottish Water, SEPA, and many city and county councils.



Understanding and Managing Drug Awareness in the Workplace 

Aims of this course:

  • Increase your knowledge about the health, social, legal and financial risks and effects of a range of legal and illegal substances
  • Understand the impact substance misuse can have on the individual and the workplace;
  • Develop your understanding about your role in managing the risks;
  • Develop practical ways to help you identify and minimise the effects and risks.


By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe risks and effects associated with a range of legal and illegal substances;
  • Describe the law and employers’ responsibility regarding drugs, including alcohol;
  • Recognise possible indicators of drug misuse;
  • Understand the benefits of a workplace drug/alcohol policy;
  • Use different ways to manage and minimise drug misuse including, auditing, risk assessment, training,effective communication, raising awareness, and knowledge of different support services;
  • Design practical ideas for raising drug and alcohol awareness in your organisation.


Who is it appropriate for?

If your role includes the following, this course is relevant to you:

  • Line Managers
  • Employer
  • Team Leader
  • Head of Department
  • Health and Well-Being
  • HR
  • Occupational Health
  • Health and Safety

The Benefits of Drug Awareness Training to Your Organisation

You will:

  • Understand the effects of drugs and recognise signs of misuse
  • Promote the health, well-being and safety of employees
  • Help everyone to understand the need for a drug policy
  • Be proactive and help to prevent some problems before they occur
  • Help to create a happier and safer workplace environment
  • Raise your organisation’s corporate social responsibility profile
  • Implement strategies to help reduce drug related absenteeism, costs of recruiting and training new people, and risk to the company’s reputation
  • Help the organisation to remain competitive and to attract and retain staff, and the key skills and knowledge that they have.

Drug and Alcohol Awareness Course for all Employees

This course is appropriate for all employees. It raises awareness about the risks and effects of drugs, including alcohol, and the impact they can have on an individual, their family, and the workplace.

It addresses an organisation’s legal responsibilities and the law regarding drugs. It provides information about the potential risks the misuse of drugs can bring to the organisation and where people may be able to go for help, if they, or someone they know has a substance misuse problem.

By the end of this course you will have knowledge of:

  • The law and employee responsibility regarding drugs and alcohol
  • The different reasons that people use drugs
  • The risks and effects of a range of legal and illegal substances including alcohol, on the individual, family and workplace
  • The different levels of risk associated with alcohol
  • Available support services

Cost: Dedicated courses from £450.00 max 15 attendees, Open access courses from £90.00 per person.
(See our drug stats page for more information about drugs in the workplace.)

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