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In compliance with Article V of Republic Act No. 9165, otherwise known as the
Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, and its Implementing Rules and Regulations and
DOLE Department Order No. 53-03, series of 2003 (Guidelines for the Implementation of a
Drug-Free Workplace Policies and Programs for the Private Sector), ABC Company hereby
adopts the following policies and programs to achieve a drug-free workplace:
COMPANY POLICY ON DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE
ABC Company explicitly prohibits:
The use, possession, solicitation for, or sale of dangerous drugs on company
premises or while performing an assignment.
Being impaired or under the influence of dangerous drugs away from the
company, if such impairment or influence adversely affects the employee's work
performance, the safety of the employee or of others, or puts at risk the company's
Possession, use, solicitation for, or sale of dangerous drugs away from the
company premises, if such activity or involvement adversely affects the employee's
work performance, the safety of the employee or of others, or puts at risk the
The presence of any detectable amount of dangerous drugs in the employee's
system while at work, while on the premises of the company, or while on company
business. "Dangerous Drugs" include those listed in the Schedules annexed to the
1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, as amended by the 1972 Protocol, and
in the Schedules annexed to the 1971 Single Convention on Psychotropic
Substances as enumerated in the attached annex of R.A. 9165.
COMPANY PROGRAM ON DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE
A. MANDATORY DRUG TEST
1. To ensure that only those qualified shall be screened and recruited to prevent the
detrimental effects (e.g. lower productivity; poor decision making; increased
accidents; more compensation claims; and reduced team effort) which drug use
and abuse may cause in the workplace, the conduct of mandatory drug test shall
be required for pre-employment.
2. ABC Company designates XYZ Company, a duly accredited drug testing center
by the Department of Health (DOH), as its authorized drug testing laboratory.
3. ABC Company may also conduct drug testing under any of the following
RANDOM TESTING: Officer/employees may be selected at random for
drug testing at any interval determined by the Company.
FOR-CAUSE TESTING: The company may ask an officer/employee to
submit to a drug test at any time it feels that the employee may be under the
influence of drugs, including, but not limited to, the following circumstances:
evidence of drugs on or about the employee's person or in the employee's
vicinity, unusual conduct on the employee's part that suggests impairment or
influence of drugs, negative performance patterns, or excessive and
unexplained absenteeism or tardiness.
POST-ACCIDENT TESTING: Any officer/employee involved in a “Near-
Miss” incident or “Work Accident” under circumstances that suggest possible
use or influence of drugs may be asked to submit to a drug test. As defined
herein, “Near-Miss” means an incident arising from or in the course of work
which could have led to injuries or fatalities of the workers and/or considerable
damage to the employer had it not been curtailed. “Work Accident” refers to
unplanned or unexpected occurrence that may or may not result in personal
injury, property damage, work stoppage or interference or any combination
thereof of which arises out of and in the course of employment.
4. All drug tests shall employ, among others, two (2) testing methods, the screening
test which will determine the positive result as well as the type of the drug used
and the confirmatory test which will confirm a positive screening test. Where the
confirmatory test turns positive, the company’s Assessment Team shall evaluate
the results and determine the level of care and administrative interventions that
can be extended to the concerned employee.
5. ABC Company shall inform the officer/employee who was subjected to a drug
test of the test-results whether positive or negative.
6. All costs of drug testing shall be borne by ABC Company.
B. TREATMENT, REHABILITATION, AND REFERRAL
1. An officer/employee who, for the first time, is found positive of drug use, shall be
referred for treatment and/or rehabilitation in a DOH accredited center. For this
purpose, ABC Company shall provide a list of at least three (3) accredited
facilities which an employee who was tested positive for drugs may choose from.
2. Following rehabilitation, the company’s Assessment Team, in consultation with
the head of the rehabilitation center, shall evaluate the status of the drug
dependent employee and recommend to the employer the resumption of the
employee’s job if he/she poses no serious danger to his/her co-employees and/or
3. All costs for the treatment and rehabilitation of the drug dependent employee
shall be charged to his account. The period during which the employee is under
treatment or rehabilitation shall be considered as authorized leaves.
4. Repeated drug use even after ample opportunity for treatment and rehabilitation
shall be dealt with the corresponding penalties under R.A. 9165 and is a ground
C. ADVOCACY, EDUCATION AND TRAINING
1. ABC Company undertakes to increase the awareness and education of its
officers and employees on the adverse effects of dangerous drugs through
continuous advocacy, education and training programs/activities to all its officers
All officers and employees are required to undergo an orientation/education
program before assumption of their respective duties. The program shall include
the following topics:
Salient features of R.A. 9165;
Adverse effects of abuse and/or misuse of dangerous drugs on the
person, workplace, family and the community;
Preventive measures against drug abuse; and
Steps to take when intervention is needed, as well as available
services for treatment and rehabilitation.
3. To encourage all officers and employees to lead a healthy lifestyle while at work
and at home, ABC Company undertakes to conduct the following activities as
often as possible:
cessation, and other indicators of risk diseases;
Health wellness screenings (e.g. blood pressure and heart rate,
cholesterol test, blood glucose, etc.);
Sports, recreational and fun-game activities; and
Other activities promoting health and wellness.
D. ROLES, RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF EMPLOYER AND EMPLOYEES
1. ABC Company shall ensure that the workplace policies and programs on the
prevention and control of dangerous drugs, including drug testing, shall be
disseminated to all officers and employees. The employer shall obtain a written
acknowledgement from the employees that the policy has been read and
understood by them.
2. ABC Company shall maintain the confidentiality of all information relating to drug
tests or to the identification of drug users in the workplace; exceptions may be
made only where required by law, in case of overriding public health and safety
concerns; or where such exceptions have been authorized in writing by the
3. All officers and employees shall enjoy the right to due process, absence of which
will render the referral procedure ineffective.
E. CONSEQUENCES OF POLICY VIOLATIONS
1. Any officer or employee who uses, possesses, distributes, sells or attempts to
sell, tolerates, or transfers dangerous drugs or otherwise commits other unlawful
acts as defined under Article II of RA 9165 and its Implementing Rules and
Regulations shall be subject to the pertinent provisions of the said Act.
2. Any officer or employee found positive for use of dangerous drugs shall be dealt
with administratively in accordance with the provisions of Article 282 of Book VI
of the Labor Code and under RA 9165.
F. MONITORING AND EVALUATION
1. The implementation of these policies and programs shall be monitored and
evaluated periodically by management to ensure a drug-free workplace. For this
purpose, an Assessment Team shall be constituted in accordance with D.O. 5303.
1. The provisions of these policies and programs shall be immediately effective
after its ratification by the management and the employee’s representatives and
its posting in the company’s bulletin board.