A national drug and alcohol policy for the racing industry launches today, drawn up through collaboration between numerous industry organisations, including the National Association of Stable Staff, National Trainers Federation, the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association and Racing Welfare.
The policy has the full support of the British Horseracing Authority and has been co-ordinated via the Authority’s Welfare and Training Group.
The policy aims to:
- eliminate the use of alcohol, drugs and other substances, and the misuse of legal drugs in the workplace
- encourage individuals with substance misuse and other addiction problems to seek help
- set out the rules on drug, alcohol and substance misuse in the workplace
- and seek to ensure that employers and employees are aware of the addiction support options available to them, and where to obtain further advice and assistance
The policy advocates approaching addiction in the workplace as a supportable health issue, and not solely as a disciplinary matter. The full policy, plus online guidance notes, is accessible to employers and employees at www.racingwelfare.co.uk/addiction_supportive.php
Terri Griffiths MBE, Head of Welfare for Racing Welfare, said:
“I very much welcome the introduction of this new policy which illustrates a refreshing openness to dealing with a difficult problem. Over the last few years, Racing has been working to develop supportive and practical responses to addiction issues affecting people in and around the industry. This policy is a product of determined co-operation amongst racing’s key bodies and demonstrates their commitment to work together to support Racing’s people. It is a very positive step forward.”
For further information, please contact Richard Negus, Racing Welfare Fundraising and Communications Executive, on 01638 560 763.