Many workplaces opt to test their employees for drugs and alcohol, but there can be issues with the quality of testing being used.
The Christmas period tends to encourage an increase in alcohol consumption, but it can sometimes be difficult to determine how much is too much.
Mandatory drug and alcohol testing is now required under Building Code 2013 for Commonwealth-funded projects. Changes to the code came into effect 12 months ago and have had a noticeable flow-on effect across the construction industry, according to LaneWorkSafe.
WA drink drivers will have to pay approximately $1600 for the installation of an alcohol interlock system on their vehicles under tough new laws.
When managing an in-house testing program, minimising the distress that an alternate result can elicit relies on adequate education and training to ensure staff are able handle the situation as required by law and to provide the appropriate levels of support as needed.
Results from Queensland wastewater show methamphetamine consumption has increased five times since 2009.
In this article, Safety Solutions asks MedVet's in-house toxicologist Steve Korkoneas about what drug and alcohol testing results are revealing about Australian workplaces and how drug and alcohol testing policies and procedures can be implemented effectively.
Most people recognise that drug or alcohol abuse can be a warning sign of a mental health crisis. As such, drug and alcohol testing can be the first to uncover what may well be a potential problem. Likewise, wellness programs establish positively focused activities to improve the mental and physical health of the workforce. Both are opportunities to support the mental health of the workforce but doing so comes with its own set of challenges. Ensuring your programs are, and are seen to be, fair and reasonable is essential to secure the support and participation of your stakeholders.
As drug use becomes more prevalent, the impact it has on business and the economy overall is becoming harder to ignore. Many industry sectors are now at significant risk of failing to meet their WHS obligations — and it is no longer just transport, construction and other trades in the firing line.
A national drug testing laboratory group has warned that a wave of designer drugs that can only be found with advanced screening is infiltrating Australian workplaces.