Drugs and Alcohol at Work Online Training

This Drugs and Alcohol at Work Online Training course covers:

  • What substance misuse is, how to recognise the signs, and the potential harm to health and safety.
  • Tips on how to help yourself if you are, or think you are, misusing drugs or alcohol.
  • Your responsibilities around alcohol and drug use in the workplace and which work-related situations would require your employer to intervene.

Fully customisable by you, at no extra cost

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Course Introduction

Substance misuse can affect personal health and wellbeing. It also has wider societal implications, including in the workplace. Substances include:

  • Alcohol
  • Prescription or over-the-counter medication
  • Illegal drugs (eg cannabis)
  • Psychoactive substances (formerly known as legal highs)

Substance misuse puts your own and others’ safety at risk and can damage an organisation’s productivity and reputation.

This Drugs and Alcohol at Work Online Training course takes on average 40 minutes to complete.

Course Content

The EssentialSkillz Drugs and Alcohol at Work eLearning course highlights the main points likely to be in your employer’s drug and alcohol policy, as well as your responsibilities to maintain a safe working environment for yourself and others. For example, it covers common circumstances where the employer would intervene and actions that your employer might take if substance use becomes a workplace issue.

But the course also aims to raise awareness of substance misuse, helping people create healthier habits around alcohol consumption and recognise signs of misuse. It outlines the weekly low-risk guidelines advised by both the UK and the Republic of Ireland (ROI) and provides resources so people know where they can get help and support in the UK and ROI if they have or believe they have a substance misuse problem.

Like all EssentialSkillz courses, this Drugs and Alcohol at Work eLearning course can be customised to meet your needs, enabling your workforce to understand the specific policies and procedures developed for your organisation. A designated course administrator can edit the text and images within the course, and link to organisation-specific documentation, all at no extra cost.

Key features

All our courses provide technically accurate training which keeps your organisation in line with best practice. We include the latest techniques in learning which ensure learners are engaged throughout. Our courses are also:

Fully customisable by you

Add your own scripts, images, videos, presentations and interactions – with no coding experience required. Use our suite of templates to make our courses your own, delivering highly relevant training to your organisation at no extra cost.

White label branding

We can brand our training with your unique corporate identity to make your users feel right at home throughout the training journey.

Integrate with your LMS

You can deploy this course using our compliance platform. Alternatively, you can deliver this course, with all its key features, directly from your third-party LMS.


Our Drugs and Alcohol at Work course can integrate with JAWS ® a widely available text-to-speech integration to help visually impaired users engage with the same, unabridged and high-quality compliance training as their colleagues.


On successful completion, learners receive a personalised certificate which includes the learner’s name, score and date of completion. Certificates can be viewed, downloaded and printed off at any time to serve as a record of compliance.


Our Drugs and Alcohol at Work Online Training course is RoSPA approved and IIRSM certified. This ensures that our courses adhere to the highest standard of training and will provide a practical and meaningful learning experience to our customers.


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Why is this course important for compliance?

  • Employers have a duty of care to protect their employees’ health, safety and welfare under the Health and Safety etc Act 1974.
  • There are other key pieces of legislation in the UK that have regulations on substance misuse at work, such as the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, Road Traffic Act 1988, Transport and Works Act 1992, Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 and Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003, among others.

Add your own questions

Create your own question and answer bank to test your users on the key information that they need to know to be fully compliant. Set core questions to appear in the test section that users are required to pass so that crucial learning points are reinforced.

Randomise test questions

Generate 10 random questions from a bank of 20 to test your user’s retention and understanding of key content.

Set the pass mark

As training administrator, you can configure the passing score that users need to complete the course. Set your own grade boundaries to ensure your training complies with the standards set out by your organisation.

Who should take this course?

This course is suitable for any person in a UK or Irish organisation that needs to be familiar with the organisation’s drug and alcohol policy.

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