This is part of the Driver-Related Practices from the IOGP Land Transportation Safety Recommended Practice documented in their Report 365. This page only summarises the guidance – refer to the IOGP report and/or IOGP website for further information.
Do not operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or narcotics, or while taking medication that could impair ability to safely operate the vehicle.
- Alcohol, illegal drugs, and some prescription or over-the-counter medications will reduce your ability to do your job safely.
- Drivers do not operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, drugs or narcotics (including illicit substances), or whilst taking medication that could impair their ability to safely operate the vehicle.
- Drivers being fit while driving (part of the IOGP Life-Saving Rule for Driving: “I am fit, rested and fully alert while driving” means assuring that an individual can complete a task safely and without unacceptable risk to themselves or others. This includes not being under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
- Always inform their supervisor or person in charge if they are taking medication that may have an adverse effect on driving performance; if in doubt, always check with your supervisor or the person in charge, who may seek medical advice.
- Do not use, keep, sell, or distribute illegal drugs.
- Intervene if they see a case of alcohol or drug abuse
Supervisors, Managers, Leaders:
- Only assign work to people who are fit to work.
- Ensure a drug and alcohol policy is in place.
- Ensure all drivers are aware of the policies and rules regarding drug and alcohol use.
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