Drug & Alcohol Policy

Rev. 20201012

  1. GENERAL STATEMENT
    1. In compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, Westlake Tool & Die Mfg. Co., Inc. (herein after referred to as Company) has a longstanding commitment to provide a safe, quality-oriented, and productive work environment. Alcohol and drug abuse pose a threat to the health and safety of Company employees and to the security of the company’s equipment and facilities. For these reasons, the Company is committed to the elimination of drug and alcohol use and abuse in the workplace. The Company, as a matter of law and general practice, has the right to implement reasonable work rules governing the conduct of employees on Company premises.
  2. DEFINITIONS
    1. “Company premises” includes all property, facilities, parking areas, buildings, automobiles, trucks and other vehicles, whether owned, leased, or used. It also includes other work locations, including travel incident to, or in the course and scope of an employee’s employment.
    2. “Employee” means any person in the service of the Company for compensation of any kind.
    3. “Prospective employee” means any person under consideration for employment by the Company.
    4. “Alcohol” means ethyl alcohol or ethanol.
    5. “Drugs” means any substance recognized as a drug in the United States Pharmacopeia or other drug compendia (or supplements thereto). This includes, without limitation, narcotics, hallucinogens, depressants, stimulants, or other controlled substances.
  3. TESTING
    1. The Company intends to test all employees or prospective employees for the presence of drugs or alcohol, in accordance with the provisions of this policy, as a condition of hiring or continued employment. This policy applies to all employees without exception. The Company shall pay all costs associated with the testing, including transportation, wages lost due to testing during normally scheduled work hours, and the cost of the testing itself.
  4. PRE_EMPLOYMENT TEST
    1. All persons being considered for hire by the Company as full-time or part-time employees will be required to undergo drug and alcohol testing as a pre-requisite to employment. Any offer of employment will be contingent upon a negative test result.
  5. RANDOM TEST
    1. A random test consists of drug screening by urine analysis of individuals chosen randomly by the testing agency computer. The frequency may be monthly or quarterly, and the Company reserves the right to change the testing frequency at any time without notifying its employees.
  6. JUST CAUSE TEST
    1. The Company reserves the right to require drug and alcohol testing at any time an employee is suspected of being under the influence, or in possession of, illicit drugs or alcohol. This is in keeping with our obligation to maintain a safe workplace.
    2. In the event an employee is involved in an on-duty accident and it is suspected by the Company (at its sole discretion) that he or she is under the influence of a substance (including alcohol), a drug and alcohol test may be performed.
    3. An employee may also be subjected to drug and alcohol testing when reasonable suspicion exists. “Reasonable suspicion” is a belief based on objective and observable facts sufficient to lead a prudent supervisor to suspect that the employee is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Circumstances that may surround an employee who has been using alcohol or drugs may include, but are not limited to:
      1. Odors (smell of alcohol, body odor, or urine)
      2. Movements (unsteady, fidgety, dizzy, decreased dexterity)
      3. Eyes (dilated, constricted, or watery eyes, or involuntary eye movements)
      4. Face (flushed, sweating, confused or blank look)
      5. Speech (slurred, slow, distracted mid-thought, inability to verbalize thoughts)
      6. Emotions (argumentative, agitated, irritable, drowsy)
      7. Actions (yawning, twitching, hyperactivity)
      8. Inactions (sleeping, unconscious, no reaction to questions)
      9. Gross errors in judgement
      10. Unsafe work habits
      11. Poor utilization of skills
    4. Reasonable suspicion, at the employer’s sole discretion, may also exist following an accident or incident which safety precautions were violated or careless acts were performed, or when the employee’s supervisor objectively believes that an employee is intoxicated or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
    5. Under no circumstances will the employee be allowed to drive himself or herself to the testing facility.  A member of management must transport the employee or arrange other transportation as well as arrange for the employee to be transported home.
  7. POST-TEST COMPANY ACTION
    1. Any employee who is subject to testing under the Random Test provisions (Section VI above) who has a positive test result shall be suspended from employment with the Company for five (5) days without pay. To return to employment with the Company, the individual must be retested prior to returning to work. The individual employee will schedule the retest with the designated testing center on his or her own time and upon receipt of a negative test result, the individual employee will be permitted to return to work. A positive test result after the retest will result in immediate discharge by the Company.
    2. Any employee who is subject to testing under the Just Cause Test provisions (Section VII above) who has a positive test result shall be suspended from employment with the Company for five (5) days without pay. To return to employment with the Company, the individual must be retested prior to returning to work. The individual employee will schedule the retest with the designated testing center on his or her own time and upon receipt of a negative test result, the individual employee will be permitted to return to work. A positive test result after the retest will result in immediate discharge by the Company.
  8. REFUSAL TO TEST
    1. Any prospective employee who is being considered for hire by the Company must agree to undergo a Pre-Employment Test (Section V above) as a prerequisite to commencement of employment. A refusal to submit to the test or any attempt to alter, adulterate, or substitute the specimen provided will result in withdrawal of any offer of employment to that individual.
    2. Any current employee who refuses to submit to a Random Test or a Just Cause Test shall be immediately discharged from employment with the Company. Anyone who attempts to alter, adulterate, or substitute the specimen provided shall be immediately discharged from employment with the Company.
  9. POSESSION AND/OR SALE OF ALCOHOL OR DRUGS
    1. Any employee found to be in possession of alcohol and/or drugs on the Company premises shall be immediately discharged from employment with the Company and shall be removed from the Company premises.
  10. CONFIDENTIALITY
    1. All information, interviews, reports, statements, memoranda, or test results received by the Company through this drug and alcohol testing program are confidential communications and will only be used in proceedings related to disciplinary or personnel actions taken by the Company. All the documentation and/or information remains solely the property of the Company.
  11. INSPECTIONS
    1. The Company reserves the right to inspect all portions of its premises for drugs, alcohol, or other contraband. All employees, contract employees and visitors may be asked to cooperate in inspections of their persons, work areas and property that might conceal a drug, alcohol, or other contraband. Employees who possess such contraband or refuse to cooperate in such inspections are subject to appropriate discipline, up to and including discharge.
  12. CRIMES INVOLVING DRUGS OR ALCOHOL
    1. The Company does not desire to intrude into the private lives of its employees but recognizes that employees’ off-the-job involvement with drugs and alcohol may have an impact on the workplace. Therefore, the Company reserves the right to take appropriate disciplinary action for drug use, sale, or distribution while off company premises. All employees who are convicted of, plead guilty to, or are sentenced for a crime involving an illegal drug are required to report the conviction, plea, or sentence to the Company within five days. Failure to comply will result in automatic discharge. Cooperation in complying may result in suspension without pay to allow management to review the nature of the charges and the employee’s past record with the Company.
  13. NOTICE
    1. The Company reserves the right to modify this policy at any time.
    2. The Company will seek to notify employees of changes by appropriate means. However, such notice is not required for changes to be effective.
    3. The Company’s written policy for testing shall be distributed to all employees and be available for review by all prospective employees.
    4. All employees will be required to sign an acknowledgement form indicating that they have been provided with a copy of the written policy, and further indicating the date of receipt of the written policy.

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