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Alcohol & Drugs Policy

B. & M. McHugh Limited are committed to implementing its alcohol and drugs policy to ensure the health, safety and welfare of it employees, sub-contractors and others who may be effected by its actions.

The policy is written in the knowledge that the abuse of alcohol and drugs is a medical illness and in no way compatible with good health, safety and welfare performance.


The company doctor will undertake a pre-employment medical examination to determine the employees’ fitness to perform their duties and ensure their ability to meet the requirements of the company alcohol and drugs policy.

The medical will be undertaken to the requirements of the Network Rail Group Standard. Random samples of employees will be subject to Drugs and alcohol screening (Minimum 5% of employees per annum).


Under the terms and conditions of employment, if an employee reports for work and is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs he will be prevented from commencing work until an assessment by the company doctor has been made.

If the medical assessment proves positive, disciplinary action will be taken which will result in the employee being banned from working upon Network Rail Infrastructure for life, and could result in dismissal from B. & M. McHugh Limited.

The possession or consumption of alcohol or restricted drugs on the company or clients premises is strictly prohibited, and could render the employee liable to dismissal and prosecution under the act.

Employees have a duty to inform the supervisor if they have been prescribed medication, which may affect their fitness to work (medical advice will then be sought).

Working On Network Rail Infrastructure

Employees and subcontractors working on Network Rail infrastructure must conform to the transport and works act 1992 (sections 28 & 29).

Under section 28 or the act, contractors will be liable in connection with offences related to the consumption of alcohol or the use of illicit drugs committed by their employees when working on or about the operational railway.

Under section 29 of the act, a breath test may be demanded from the individual where a police officer suspects that the individual was working on the railway and has consumed alcohol. The act provides for the arrest and charge of such persons.

Employees and sub-contractors will be issued with a copy of the alcohol and drugs policy and the code of conduct together with a detailed explanation of their requirement under the act and the Network Rail Group Standard GE/RT8070 (alcohol and drugs).

Where an employee has been diagnosed as having an alcohol or drugs related illness, they will be advised of the appropriate medical and counselling services that will be made available to them.


The implementation and monitoring of the company alcohol and drugs policy and code of conduct will be the responsibility of the management and supervision staff with the assistance and guidance of the company doctor.