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Top tips: Starting a workplace drug and alcohol testing program

14 July, 2023 by Glenn Dobson, CEO, The Drug Detection Agency

Implementing a comprehensive and robust workplace testing program can help to reduce drug- and alcohol-related risks and create a safer work environment.

Workplace drug and alcohol programs: some key considerations

02 November, 2022 by Amy Steed

When it comes to substance abuse in the workplace, construction is considered one of the high-risk industries.

Six conditions that can be treated with medical marijuana

22 February, 2021

Medical marijuana has shown promise as a viable treatment option for many health conditions; here, Cannatrek explains what medical cannabis is, and its uses.

Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine approved for rollout in Australia

29 January, 2021

The TGA has approved the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in Australia, with rollout set to occur in five phases, with priority groups to receive the vaccine first.

5 biggest pitfalls of workplace D&A policies and how to avoid them

22 October, 2020 by Karen Castledine, Managing Director, Work Options

This article outlines the five biggest pitfalls of workplace drug and alcohol policies together with how to avoid them; two case studies are included to demonstrate.

Risk factor: drug and alcohol testing during COVID-19

12 October, 2020 by Paul Molinia, General Manager of Rehabilitation (NSW, ACT, SA & Qld), Recovery Partners

Are drug and alcohol (D&A) testing protocols still necessary during COVID-19, or do the contamination possibilities of D&A tests pose more risks than they allay?

Construction: six health risk behaviours

21 July, 2020

US research has found that construction workers are more prone to certain behaviours — such as smoking and binge drinking — that could negatively impact their health.

Health bus boosts COVID-19 safety on construction sites

03 June, 2020

Since late April, a health bus has been visiting Victorian construction sites, offering coronavirus (COVID-19) mobile testing facilities for workers.

Risky drinking in construction: a 2020 Australian study

21 May, 2020

High prevalence of risky drinking in the construction industry reflects mid-life pressures and demanding work roles, a 2020 Flinders University study suggests.

Study leads to rethink on caffeine and truck drivers

10 March, 2020

Truck drivers who consume large amounts of coffee and energy drinks have more crashes compared with those who only drink small quantities of caffeine, research shows.

Drugs in construction: a number one problem

22 November, 2019

Construction workers are the most likely for cocaine use and prescription opioids misuse of any occupational group, new research out of the US suggests.

Keeping first responders safe from drug exposure

08 April, 2019

A new video has been released by the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), aimed at improving drug safety for first responders.

Random workplace drug testing: a breach of your civil liberties

06 March, 2019 by Paul Gregoire*

Intoxication in the workplace is a significant safety issue.

How to implement workplace drugs and alcohol training

28 February, 2019 by Amy Steed

Research shows that the way in which a workplace responds to substance abuse can have a big influence over the extent of the problem.

How alcohol and drug training improves workplaces

17 December, 2018

Workplaces have the capacity to improve or worsen substance abuse, a new study has found.

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