Authored and published by ADA Australia for Australian workplaces and workplace law.
Employers and employees have obligations under Australian workplace law for managing risk around the use of drugs and alcohol. A key part of those obligations is the communication of employer and employee obligations under the company Drugs and Alcohol Policy (which forms part of a Work Health and Safety Plan).
This HANDBOOK of ALCOHOL, DRUGS and WORKPLACE RISK communicates in easily-read language the broad detail of a compliant Drugs and Alcohol policy, the obligations it confers on employees to always present ‘fit for work’, and the duties of employers in managing that policy.
The HANDBOOK examines commonly misused substances, their detection periods in saliva, blood and urine, their impact on judgment and capability, plus the prevalence of use in the Australian community (and workplaces) and their broader impacts on both physical and mental health and well-being.
It also provides advice on dependence, on beginning a conversation with co-workers or employees showing signs of struggle, and of helping people find the support and assistance they may need.
Being aware of the risks, and taking action to reduce risk, is key to safer workplaces.
The HANDBOOK of ALCOHOL, DRUGS and WORKPLACE RISK, when provided to training participants with a discussion of the company Drugs and Alcohol Policy, can reduce risk by ensuring employees are aware of their obligations under that Policy.