The meat processing industry encompasses a range of high-risk activities, meaning it is important for staff safety that drug and alcohol testing be carried out.
The Quilpie council in south-western Queensland owns and operates the local airport, meaning it must comply with strict Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) regulations for drug and alcohol screening.
A WA Local Council has opted to improve its blanket drug and alcohol testing policy for its staff.
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.