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25 July 2023
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Cough syrup can cost you your job

Be careful of the cough syrup you use this flu season.


Especially if your employer has a zero-tolerance policy regarding being under the influence of alcohol during working hours.


A member of the Motor Industry Staff Association (MISA) was lucky to escape dismissal after he tested positive for alcohol. His blood alcohol level was 0.07 g of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood after taking a cough syrup that had no disclosure of its content.


Martlé Keyter, MISA’s Chief Executive Officer: Operations, warns MISA members to always ask the pharmacist if a cough syrup contains alcohol if there is no label disclosing the content of the coughing syrup.

“Check the label before you buy medicine. If you consult a doctor or a pharmacist, bring it to their attention if you have a zero-tolerance policy at work. Rather be safe than sorry,” says Keyter.

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