Drug and alcohol misuse is sadly becoming more common in the workplace. It affects workplace health, safety and productivity.
Alcohol and drug usage can impact on an employee’s ability to exercise sound judgement which may lead to an increased risk of injury or incidents to themselves or others.
Employers have a general 'duty of care' obligation to ensure that, where possible, employees are not exposed to the hazards and risks that may arise from an individual being impaired by alcohol and/or drugs. It's not only the safety of employees in the workplace but also issues may arise for employers when alcohol or drugs factor into activities outside of official work hours or spaces. Christmas parties and celebrating successes are fun - and important in building company culture - however, without a policy or framework of expected behaviour, transgressions may occur with gross misconduct a reality in some cases.
Whilst it is everyone’s responsibility, employer’s and businesses should identify the work-related risks associated with alcohol and other drugs and implement a risk management strategy. It is important to note that a Drug and Alcohol policy that allows for testing in the workplace requires an understanding of employer obligations against the right of the employee to privacy and procedural fairness. A decision by the Fair Work Commission underscores the challenges faced.
HR Staff n'Stuff's very own Danielle Stone has completed extensive training and is an accredited Drug and Alcohol Collector under the AS/NZS 4208:2008 (Urine) & AS 4760:2006 (Oral Fluid) standards. She has extensive experienced working in partnership with businesses to develop, implement and facilitate a Drug and Alcohol Risk Management Strategy.
Email or call 03-9590 0844 to arrange a an obligation free consultation with Danielle to ensure you are following best practice and adhering to all legislative processes with you Alcohol and Drug policy.