Workplace DRUG & ALCOHOL MANAGEMENT
Why have a drug & alcohol program?
The purpose of Drug & Alcohol management in the workplace is to improve safety. Statistics show that Drug & Alcohol misuse accounts for up to 40% of all workplace accidents.
Whilst there are legal obligations for employers to ensure a safe workplace there are also many commercially prudent reasons to implement a drug & alcohol management program. The cost of each drug misuser in the workplace is calculated at over $53,000 per annum. This includes reduced productivity, theft, absenteeism, accidents, workcover claims etc. The costs of a drug & alcohol management program are repayed many times in increased productivity and profitability.
STEP 1 PRE EMPLOYMENT SCREENING
The simplest first step to reducing workplace drug & alcohol problems is to Hair Drug test the successful new applicants before they commence work. This will by itself reduce workplace Drug & Alcohol misuse problems by over 80%!
The simplest way to reduce workplace drug misuse is to stop employing drug addicts. It is frightening to note that one in every six new recruits misuses drugs three or more times per week.
With the advance notice of an impending drug test new recruit drug addicts beat 84% of urine drug tests and over 95% of saliva drug tests. This is why organisations use Hair Drug & Alcohol testing for Pre-employment screening. A Brassets Hair Drug Test detects people with an addiction problem, not one off or occasional use, it looks at addiction problems over a period of the last three months.
Successful applicants can be directed to hundreds of Pathology clinics and drug testing companies for a Brassets Hair Drug Test. The cost is minimal. Alternatively Brassets can train & certify your own HR or Admin staff to conduct the hair collection for testing by Brassets Clinical Services.
STEP 2 POLICY & PROCEDURE
Policies and Procedures set out what is acceptable and what is unacceptable behaviour in the workplace. Policies and procedures must be reviewed annually. There are constant law and precedent changes effecting how you can manage workplace drug problems. We illustrate some critical updates that need to be made to most existing policy and procedure documents:a) Removal of wording "Under the Influence of", "effected by" and "impaired by". (These are assessments of a persons cognitive ability and as such cannot be subjectively assessed posing a risk to the legal defensibility of managerial actions taken based on this wording.)
b) The Inclusion of Synthetic Cannabinoids & Synthetic drugs are important.
c) Inclusion of non-prescribed Anabolic Steroid use (common in workplace agression and bullying misconduct incidents )
d) Procedure inclusion of Suspicious substances found in the workplace.
e) Inclusion of "Medically diagnosed Drug or Alcohol addiction" to be treated as a medical condition.
Brassets can assist with Policy & Procedure review and policy development
STEP 3 TRAINING & EDUCATION
Workplace toolbox and education sessions are a key component in any drug & alcohol management program.
Brassets provide a comprehensive range of training services from education toolbox sessions to Drug Testing certificated training.
We can design a training program to suit your objectives, we use interactive tools such as Drug and Alcohol simullation goggles to improve the learning experience and ensure the trainings are, fun, interactive and informative. The training objectives are designed to effect attitudinal change and ensure employees embrace the safety culture.
STEP 4 DRUG TESTING
Brassets provide drug testing onsite at you premises 24 hours a day. Our specialists can conduct a range of drug and alcohol testing services to meet your needs.
A correct Drug & Alcohol program should include all drug testing technologies and methods.
Our trained professionals can assist you to design the right testing program and methods consistent with your organisational objectives and culture.
STEP 5 REGULAR REVIEW
The way to effecting behaviour change in the workplace is to address drug use and employee misconduct in a multi faceted approach. It is important to measure the effectivness of the program so that it can be reduced or incresased as the risk changes.
There are many push and pull factors causing employee misconduct, drug use is one of the largest causes, by effectively managing drug and alcohol misuse you are also impacting, theft, misconduct, absenteeism, conflict and workplace harmony.
Answering all your questions our free eBook will be a valuable resource.
- Why Drug Test at Work
- Pre-Employment Testing
- Benchmark Testing
- Policy & Procedure
- Urine v Saliva v Hair?
- Drug Facts
- BOOK A DRUG TEST
- Training & Education
POLICY & PROCEDURE DOCS
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