You could be held responsible for medication being misused or taken
Painkillers (analgesics) are drugs requiring appropriate medical
supervision and, despite their ready availability, should only be dispensed
by persons with training in the administration of non-prescription
Employees should be responsible for carrying and dispensing their own
prescribed or over-the-counter medications. These drugs have been shown to
be the major source of abuse and pilfering of first aid
If over-the-counter painkillers must be kept at the workplace, then it
would be wise to leave them in the control of a trained first aider, who is
responsible for keeping the medication in a locked and secure place.
A stringent policy should be drafted to regulate access to the medication
and records should be kept of all distributions to workers.
You should also consider whether your drug and alcohol policy is sufficient
to deal with the inappropriate use of such over-the-counter medication.
However, the best policy is to have an analgesic-free first aid kit