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Alcohol and drug use can seem glamorous and fun but sometimes substance use creates occupational health and safety risks. Alcohol and other drug use is a major contributing factor in workplace accidents. You need to know about alcohol and other drug use and how it affects you and your safety at work. Drug and alcohol awareness training programs are structured towards protecting both employees and employers by offering strategies to ensure their responsible use of drugs and alcohol. You’ll also learn about how drug and alcohol use affects your health and why we need education on this subject.

Drug and alcohol training programs contain information about the physiological effects of substances hence helping workers to be able to assess intoxication levels in themselves and others. Trainees are able to recognise behaviors that indicate fitness for duty. A trained supervisor for instance is better placed to know how to handle an intoxicated employee professionally, hence easily diffuse potentially dangerous situations before they arise.

Drug and alcohol training programs have become very important to Australian workplaces in fulfilling their legal requirements for occupational health and safety (OHS) policies and procedures. Since employers can be held responsible for OHS breaches, they need to protect themselves. By being aware of their liability, they can be protected both professionally and personally. Even if you know you’re capable of handling intoxicated employers, drug and alcohol awareness training programs can ensure you are properly compliant with the laws in your state.

Fitness for duty training isn’t just for employers. In various industries, employees involved in high risk work

activities such as rigging work, crane and hoist operation or forklift operation, will also need to be trained. You

must always be able to safely carry out your duties in a fit state and not cause increased risk to yourself or

others.

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