Ensuring safety on a worksite is of paramount importance as an employer. You can’t afford to have employees under the influence of either alcohol or drugs at work – it affects their productivity as well as their ability to carry out duties in a responsible and safe manner. Overlooking this issue could have major implications for your business socially, economically and WorkCover wise. It is estimated that misuse of alcohol costs Australian businesses $6 billion a year.
The workplace is an ideal place to run effective alcohol and other drug prevention programs because the peer support network at a workplace can be used to shape behaviour.
Alcohol is the most widely used drug in Australia, and Australian workers are consuming risky amounts. A survey of construction industry workers showed that their rates of harmful consumption were 64%compared with 15% of the general population. Regular drinking of alcohol can cause health, personal and social issues, which have the potential to impact on work attendance and performance. The harmful consumption of alcohol can also impact on workplace safety. Workplace health programs can address alcohol by implementing a workplace alcohol policy and supporting employees to address high-risk and problem alcohol consumption.