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Newmarket Stingrays Swim Club

Title: Drug and Alcohol Policy

Approved by: Board of Directors

Effective Date: November 26/18

1.0              PURPOSE

To create a healthy and safe environment, by ensuring no one participates in activities while impaired, so that the Club is seen as acting responsibly and promoting a professional/credible image to our Swimmers.

2.0        SCOPE

This policy applies to all Swimmers, Coaching Staff, Swim Families, and Volunteers of the Newmarket Stingrays Swim Club.

3.0        GUIDELINES

For the purposes of this policy:

a.       Being impaired by alcohol or drugs while coaching swimmers/group practices, participating in swim practices and/or meets, attending Club social functions (Example: Year End Swim Banquet or Bingo Night), or representing the Club in any Club capacity, is strictly prohibited.

b.      The consumption of illicit drugs, alcohol or recreational marijuana while coaching swimmers/group practices, participating in swim practices and/or meets, attending Club social functions, or representing the Club in any Club capacity, is strictly prohibited.

c.       Coaching staff and swimmers must be fit to perform assigned duties and/or participate in swim events/practices.

4.0              Code of Conduct Violations:

Anyone found to violate the provisions of this policy are subject to disciplinary action, as detailed in the “Addressing Code of Conduct Violations” section of our Code of Conduct Policy. 

5.0        Assistance Available:

Coaching staff and swimmers who have drug, alcohol, or marijuana problems are encouraged to seek assistance before performance problems (whether or not in violation of this policy) lead to disciplinary action. Issues may be elevated to the Coaching staff, Human Resources Director or Club President.

A coaching staff/swimmer/swim family/ volunteer’s request for assistance will not be a defense to the imposition of disciplinary action where a violation of the Code of Conduct has occurred.

6.0         Definitions:

“Impaired”: Under the influence of drugs (including prescription and/or recreational), alcohol or any other controlled substance shall be understood to the extent that an employee:
a.       Is unable to perform in a productive manner;

b.      Is in physical or mental condition that creates a risk to the safety and the well-being of the individual, other employees, public or property;

c.       Displays sign of substance use (for example, smell of alcohol on breath, smell of marijuana on person, slurred speech, etc.)

7.0       REFERENCE MATERIALS

4.1  The Employment Standards Act, Ontario (2000)

4.2  The Cannibas Act

4.3  The Occupational Health and Safety Act, Ontario

4.4  Newmarket Swim Club Code of Conduct