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					   Drug and Alcohol Policy




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1.    GENERAL POLICY


1.1   The employer is committed to providing an environment that ensures the well
      being and safety of its employees. The overall purpose of this policy is to
      ensure a drug and alcohol free work environment and that employees are not
      impaired in their ability to perform their duties in a safe, productive and
      healthy manner, which in turn will reduce/prevent accidents and injuries in the
      workplace.


1.2   Drug and alcohol testing pursuant to this policy is an integral part of the
      employer's comprehensive safety programme.


2.    DEFINITIONS


       Alcohol –                   means the intoxicating agent in beverage alcohol, Ethyl
                                   alcohol, other low molecular weight alcohols, including
                                   Methyl and isopropyl alcohol.


       Drug test –                 any method or process used to detect the presence of
                                   drugs in an individual’s system.


       Illicit drug –              any illegal substance, including but not limited to
                                   hallucinogens, cocaine, marijuana, and designer drugs,
                                   as well as controlled drugs including but not limited to
                                   amphetamines      and    barbiturates    that   are   not
                                   accompanied with a prescription by a licensed physician
                                   or use of the abovementioned drugs in excess of the
                                   amount prescribed by a licensed physician.


       Positive alcohol test –     test levels which are recognised as positive by an
                                   accredited laboratory.


       Positive drug test –        test levels which are recognised as positive by an
                                   accredited laboratory.


       Work environment –          any office, building, or property (including company



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                                    vehicles) owned or leased by the employer, or any
                                    buildings or vehicles used by the employer as part of
                                    their business.


       Work time –                  The time during which an employee is expected to
                                    perform their duties under their employment agreement.
                                    This may include work at night and during the weekend,
                                    as the position may require.




3.    APPLICATION OF POLICY


3.1   This policy applies to all employees.


3.2   Compliance with this policy is considered a pre-condition of employment. If
      an applicant refuses to comply with the drug and alcohol testing policy, they
      will not be considered for employment.


4.    TESTING


4.1   The following types of tests will be conducted:


      (a)    Pre-employment testing


             A successful applicant for a position with the employer will be required
             to pass a drug and alcohol test following a conditional offer of
             employment.


      (b)    Random testing


             All employees are subject to unannounced random testing. Before
             being asked to submit to a drug and alcohol test, an employee will
             receive written notice of the request.




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      (c)      Reasonable suspicion test


               An employee will be asked to submit to a drug and alcohol test if the
               employer has reasonable grounds to suspect, due to an employee’s
               performance, behaviour or other observable characteristics that the
               employee is or may be adversely affected as a result of the
               employee’s use of an illicit drug or from alcohol.


5.    PROCEDURE


5.1   The drug and alcohol policy is restricted to testing only for those illicit drugs
      and alcohol defined in paragraph 2. Any other substances that may be tested
      using the same method used to test for illicit drugs and/or alcohol will not, if
      found, be reported.


5.2   The procedure for drug and alcohol testing will be done by urinalysis. In this
      process an employee is required to provide a urine sample in a supplied
      container, which is then transported to an accredited laboratory in a manner
      which ensures that the integrity of the sample is retained.        The chain of
      custody will be documented to ensure the sample is not tampered with.


6.    POSITIVE TEST RESULTS


6.1   If an employee is asked to submit to a drug and alcohol test, the employer will
      notify the employee of the results of the test within one week after it receives
      them from the laboratory. To preserve the confidentiality of the employee, the
      employer will notify the employee by letter whether the test was negative or
      confirmed positive, and, if confirmed positive what the next step will be.


6.2   If an employee receives notice from the employer that the results of the drug
      and alcohol test yielded a positive drug result or a positive alcohol result, that
      employee will be given an opportunity to explain the positive result of that
      test.




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7.    CONFIDENTIALITY


7.1   The employer will make every effort to keep the results of the drug and
      alcohol test confidential. The employer will not disclose the results of any test
      to any other employees other than the particular employee who is tested.
      The employer will obtain the employee’s consent before disclosing the test
      results to anybody else.


7.2   The employer reserves the right to use the test results in any mediation,
      hearing or any other proceeding which may occur as a result of the positive
      drug test result and/or the positive alcohol test result.


8.    COSTS


8.1   The employer will pay for the cost of all drug and alcohol testing that it
      requires or requests employees to submit to. Any additional testing that the
      employee wishes to have done will be paid for by the employee.


9.    DISCIPLINARY ACTION/DISMISSAL


9.1   The employer will not tolerate any use of drugs or the consumption of alcohol
      in the work environment or during work time.


9.2   If an employee refuses to comply with the drug and alcohol policy, an
      investigation will be carried out in respect of that employee.       During the
      investigation, the employee shall have the opportunity to offer an explanation
      for their refusal. The employer will decide an appropriate course of action
      pending the outcome of the investigation, and if the employee’s explanation is
      not satisfactory, that may result in grounds for dismissal.


9.3   Any employee who receives a positive alcohol result and/or a positive drug
      result from a drug and/or alcohol test will be subject to a disciplinary process
      and possibly to summary dismissal.         The employee will first be given an
      opportunity to discuss the positive test result and to explain the reasons for
      the positive result.




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9.4   If an employee comes to work under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, or
      is under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol during work time, then that
      employee will be summarily dismissed.        The drug and alcohol testing
      provisions of this policy do not in any way limit the employer's right to
      discipline or to dismiss an employee summarily where it is evident based on
      reasons other than a positive drug and/or alcohol test result that the
      employee is under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.


9.5   The tampering of any urine samples used for drug and alcohol testing is
      considered by the employer to be a serious breach and will result in a
      summary dismissal.




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                                       APPENDIX A


 ACKNOWLEDGMENT BY EMPLOYEE OF RECEIPT OF COPY OF DRUG AND
                                ALCOHOL FREE POLICY


1.1      I acknowledge that I have received a copy of the drug and alcohol free policy
         from my employer.


1.2      I confirm that I have read and understood the drug and alcohol policy.


1.3      I acknowledge that my employer does not tolerate the use of illicit drugs
         and/or alcohol (as referred to in their policy).


1.4      I further acknowledge the contents of the drug and alcohol free policy and
         consent to being tested for drugs and/or alcohol in accordance with the drug
         and alcohol policy.




Dated:




Signed: ________________________________________________




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