Central Coast Community Health Care and Affiliates (VNA) are committed to protecting the health and safety of all employees, its patients and clients, the environment, the community, property and equipment from the detrimental effects caused by the misuse of drugs and alcohol on the job. The use, possession, dispensation, distribution, purchase, sale, attempted purchase or sale, or manufacture of illegal drugs and/or unauthorized controlled substances is not only against the law, but can effect job performance, and cause increased absenteeism, tardiness and medical costs. The abuse of prescribed and
over-the-counter medications presents similar health, safety and job performance problems. In accordance with this commitment, the Company has adopted the following policies:

Prohibitions with Regard to Illegal Drugs

The following acts are prohibited and subject an employee to discharge:

  • The use, possession, purchase, sale, manufacture, distribution, transportation, or dispensation, or possession of any illegal drug or other controlled substance; or
  • Being under the influence of any illegal drug or other controlled substance in the workplace or in any other location while on duty.

Prohibitions with Regard to Legal Drugs or Alcohol

The following acts are also prohibited and subject an employee to discharge:

  • The abuse of any legal drug or alcohol in the workplace or during working hours;
  • The purchase, sale, manufacture, distribution, transportation, dispensation, or possession of alcohol or any legal prescription drug in a manner inconsistent with law; or
  • Working while impaired by the use of a legal drug or alcohol whenever such impairment might:
  • Endanger the safety of the employee, patient, co-worker or some other person;
  • Pose a risk of significant damage to patient, vendor or company property;

or

  • Substantially interfere with the employee’s job performance or the efficient operation of VNA operations or equipment.