The City of Revelstoke has chosen April 20 to unveil their new staff policy that explicitly states staff can’t take nips from a mickey or sneak hits from a bong while at work.
The new “Personnel Drug and Alcohol Policy” forbids drug and alcohol use while at work and outlines several policies that will affect staff even in their off-time.
A report attached to the policy says it came about because of a general policy review. “The absence of a drug and alcohol policy has been identified as an issue,” writes city finance director Graham Inglis in a report attached to the policy.
The 10-page report lays out what is not allowed and appropriate actions if someone is impaired on the job or struggling with addiction issues.
Some points include:
– The proposed policy requires staff members to inform a supervisor if they find their colleagues or other city contractors in an “unfit condition” on the job due to drugs or alcohol.
– Employees who are candidates for treatment in residential or out-patient treatment programs will be “expected to enter into a written agreement to support their recovery.”
– Reporting to work drunk or impaired by drugs is prohibited, as is drinking on the job. The policy also says having a blood alcohol content of 0.04 or greater is prohibited.
– The policy also states the city has the right to drug test employees when they have “reasonable cause to believe that the actions, appearance or conduct of an employee while on duty are indicative of impairment due to the use of drugs or alcohol.”
– Under the policy, any city staff member who is charged with impaired driving must inform their supervisor immediately. They may face additional work-related sanctions.
The staff report notes there may be costs associated with implementing the policy, such as “on-going staff training costs.”
City council will discuss the new policy at its April 24 regular meeting. In the meantime, read the full proposed policy by clicking item 9a here.