Drug-Free Workplace Policy

Library Board approved April 16, 2002.  Effective September 24, 2002.

  1. The purposes of this drug-free workplace policy are:
  1. To establish and maintain a safe, healthy working environment for all employees;

  1. To ensure the reputation of the Library and its employees within the community at large;

  1. To reduce the number of accidental injuries to persons and property;

  1. To reduce absenteeism and tardiness and improve productivity.

The following rules constitute the Library’s policy concerning substance abuse.  This policy will be enforced uniformly with respect to all employees, as indicated.

  1. Prohibited Acts
  1. All employees are prohibited from being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs during work hours.
  2. The sale, possession, transfer, or purchase of illegal drugs on Library property or while performing Library business is strictly prohibited.
  3. No alcoholic beverage may be brought or consumed on Library premises except in connection with Library authorized events.
  4. No prescription drug may be used on Library premises by any person other than the one for whom it is prescribed.  Such drugs may be used only in the manner, combination and quantity prescribed.  Employees in positions where such prescribed drug usage may affect the safety of themselves or others are required to make such use known to an appropriate supervisor.  Minimally, this obligation applies to employees operating Library vehicles and employees using equipment which, if improperly used, may result in personal injury or property damage.
  1. Disciplinary Action
  1. The use, sale or possession of an illegal drug or a controlled substance within the meaning of Section 102(f) of the Illinois Controlled Substance Act (720 ILCS 570/102(f) or within the meaning of Section 802(6) of the federal Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act (21 USC 802(6) while on duty is cause for termination and such action may be reported to appropriate law enforcement officials.  For purposes of this policy, the term “controlled substance” also includes any drug that is being used illegally, such as a prescription drug that was not legally obtained or is not used for its intended purpose or in its prescribed quantity.  The term does not include any legally-obtained prescription drug used for its intended purpose in its prescribed quantity, unless such use would impair the individual’s ability to safely perform safety-sensitive functions.
  2. Any employee whose off-duty abuse of alcohol or illegal or prescription drugs results in excessive absenteeism or tardiness or is the cause of accidents or poor work will be referred to a rehabilitation program and will face termination if they reject or fail to complete that program.
  3. Any employee who violates any provision of this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, including termination.
  1. Each employee acknowledges and agrees that abiding by this policy is a condition of employment and that they will notify their supervisor of any criminal drug statute conviction occurring within the workplace no later than 5 days from the date of the occurrence.


  1. For purposes of this policy, an alcoholic beverage is any beverage that may be legally sold and consumed and has an alcoholic content in excess of 3% by volume.
  2. Drug means any substance other than alcohol capable of altering an individual’s mood, perception, pain level or judgment.  A prescribed drug is any substance prescribed for individual consumption by a licensed medical practitioner.  An illegal drug is any drug or controlled substance the sale or consumption of which is illegal.

A copy of the Drug-Free Workplace Policy shall be given to all employees and posted in a prominent place in the workplace.

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