Fit to Return Programme

Fit to Return Programme

Dismissal is not the only option when companies are faced with a positive result from an employee drug or alcohol test. Our Fit to Return Programme provides a credible alternative, supporting the employee whilst continuing to manage the risks associated with recreational substance use.

  • The deterrent of drug and alcohol testing is maintained.
  • The risk presented by the employee is managed.
  • The health and wellbeing of the employee is improved.
  • There is a demonstrable return on investment.

Compared to dismissal, the programme:

  • Offers significant cost savings by avoiding the need to recruit and train replacement staff.
  • Avoids potentially expensive tribunals in situations where dismissal is likely to be challenged.
  • Helps demonstrate a company’s social responsibility by helping
    the employee address lifestyle choices.
  • Provides the employee an opportunity to retain employment if they adhere to the terms of the Programme.


  • Assistance provided to create a ‘Fit to Return Agreement’ between employer and employee, detailing the conditions to attend and adherence.
  • Classroom-based high intensity Drug and Alcohol Awareness and Support Course, with key objectives of understanding the risks of misuse and how to change lifestyle choices to support fitness to work.
  • Unannounced follow-up drug and alcohol testing over 6 months, ensuring the deterrent of testing is maintained.
  • On-going telephone support line for 6 months, with 24/7 access to a team of specialists to help with any personal problems impacting drug or alcohol consumption.

Course Content

  • The effects of drugs and alcohol on the body.
  • The risks associated with drug and alcohol misuse in the workplace and how to reduce them.
  • Putting drug and alcohol policy rules into context.
  • Tools and techniques to help individuals change their lifestyle choices.

Who FTR is aimed at

  • An employee who has failed a company drug or alcohol test and:
  • Does not claim to have a substance misuse dependency problem.
  • Believes they can change their recreational drug or alcohol consumption and is committed to do so.
  • Is committed to participating in the Programme, including follow up unannounced testing.


1 Source: The Cost of Brain Drain Understanding the financial impact of staff turnover February 2014, Oxford Economics, page 4

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