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Drug and Alcohol awarenessAs we enter the Holiday season; some may risk over-indulging in the festivities which could potentially have a harmful effect on the workplace. In the event that the celebrations seep into the workplace, it is important to have the right training in dealing with issues pertaining to Fitness for Duty.

Now is as good a time as any to refresh your employees on the current drug and alcohol work policy or introduce a new program into your workplace. AlertForce is dedicated to effectively educating and informing staff about the effects of drugs and alcohol in the workplace. Our Fitness for Duty training will explore the many issues pertaining to drugs and alcohol in the workplace and will ensure that your business meets the OH&S/HSE requirements.

The amount of workplace accidents that occur because of alcohol and drug use is bewildering. Alertforce offers quick, concise, and above all — effective, training that is specific to employees. Alertforce also offers the same in-depth training program for managers and supervisors. Each program brings and indepth understanding to the consequences of alcohol and drug use in the workplace

Affectively understanding drug and alcohol policy can ensure that you legally and morally deal with the issues in a manner which benefits both the company and the employee. Alcohol and drug use in the workplace can lead to high costs in dealing with injuries, truancy, lost production, workers compensation, and finally, rehabilitation (Safework.sa.gov.au).

According to the International Labour Association…

about a quarter all injuries in the workplace are a product of drug and alcohol use. Furthermore, an estimated 300k employees in Australia are said to partake in drugs and alcohol. If that isn’t a frightening enough concept,  up to 15 per cent of fatal work place injuries are a result of alcohol/drug abuse.

Those who do not follow the workplace drug and alcohol policy can end up injuring themselves and others, can lose their jobs and ultimately, their families.

According to SafeWork, those who abuse harmful substances are much more likely to recover from their addiction if they are employed. Thus it is best to take preventative action now before the use of drugs and alcohol result in loss of employment.

Drug and Alcohol use is covered by the (South Australian Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Act 1986). Which states:

 • employers to maintain their health, safety and
welfare at work, of their employees by
provision of a safe working environment and
safe systems of work (Section 19)
• Safeguarding of the public from risks to health
or safety arising from or in connection
with the activities of those at work or the
use or operation of various types of
plant (Section 3)
 • employers to prepare and maintain policies
relating to occupational health, safety and
welfare at the workplace (Section 20)
• employees to take reasonable care of the
health and safety of others and to co operate
with employers in their efforts to comply
with occupational health and safety
requirements and to ensure they are not, by
use of alcohol or a drug, in a state which
may endanger their own safety or the safety
of any other person at work.  (Safework.sa.gov.au).

Enjoy your holiday celebrations but ensure that you know and understand your workplace Drug and Alcohol policy. Quality training is available. Remember it is a time of celebration, not a time of tragedy. Don’t go overboard on the office party eggnog !

Source: http://www.safework.sa.gov.au/contentPages/docs/resDrugAlcoholGuidelines.pdf

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