How does one manage substance abuse, whether alcohol or marijuana in the workplace, taking into consideration that the personal use of marijuana at home is no longer a criminal offence? Likewise, with alcohol use, the workshop will cover key areas of how best to deal with intoxication, substance abuse and drunkenness taking into consideration fair discipline and health and safety.



Substance abuse is a problem many employers have to deal with, whether alcohol or marijuana. How does one manage substance abuse in the workplace, and now that the personal use of marijuana at home is no longer a criminal offence, how does one manage this at the workplace if employees arrive at work under the influence? Likewise, with alcohol use, how do managers best deal with cases of intoxication and drunkenness?

This training will provide participants with the necessary knowledge to manage the use or abuse of marijuana and alcohol in the workplace. It will look at the obligations of the employment contract and health and safety regulations, while also exploring questions such as what disciplinary action should be taken.


Half day


09:00 – 13:00


Michael Lavender

Michael Lavender joined SEIFSA in 1991 as an Industrial Relations Advisor, after two and a half years in the mining industry in the position of an Industrial Relations Advisor. He has held various positions within the Industrial Relations Division, including Senior Industrial Relations Advisor, Industrial Relations Services Training Manager, and was appointed to the position of Industrial Relations Manager in 2013.

Providing key Industrial relations consultancy and training services, Michael holds:

  • a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree, majoring in Industrial Psychology and Economics from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, formerly the University of Natal,
  • a Personnel Management Trainee Programme from Rand Mines,
  • a Certificate Programme in Industrial Relations (CPIR) from the University of the Witwatersrand’s Graduate School of Public and Development Management (Wits Business School), and
  • An Expert Negotiator Certificate issued by the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).

In addition, Michael is the Lift and Escalator Employer spokesperson for the Lift negotiations.

He is also a representative at the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council.

He has gained extensive knowledge and experience and daily duties include but are not limited to, advising and training companies on the Main Agreement and labour law, chairing hearings in the areas of disciplinary, incapacity, grievance. Representing various companies in retrenchment consultations and other industrial relations matters such as disputes and industrial action, as well as at the CCMA and the MEIBC Bargaining Council at conciliation and arbitration.


Tel: 011 298 9400

Email: sales@seifsa.co.za


Additional information

Webinar, Afrique Boutique Hotel


27 September 2024


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