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Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace
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Explore our Drug and Alcohol policy in the workplace. Learn how to keep your co-workers safe by being aware of risks, effects and resources.

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  1. Our Drug and Alcohol Policy
  2. Social Drinking, Hangovers and PharmaceuticalDrug Use
  3. Risks and Hazards
  4. Other Drugs and their Effects
  5. If You Suspect a Co-worker is Under the Influence
  6. Drug and Alcohol Tests
  7. Resources for Recovery (AUS)
  8. Resources for Recovery (USA)
  9. Resources for Recovery (UK)

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Our Drug and Alcohol Policy

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Our Drug and Alcohol Policy

Our policy on drug and alcohol use in the workplace is based on the safety of you and your co-workers. If someone is intoxicated on the job, it is a risk for our customers, our employees and our company as a whole.

Unfortunately, drug and alcohol abuse is common. Alcohol consumption has cost Australian business an estimated 6 billion dollars last year in productivity.

One study found that Australian workers take a combined 11.5 million sick days a year because of substance use. 10% of these workers admitted to drinking while on the job. 10% of workers have also said they've been affected by a co-worker's consumption of alcohol.

This is why it's so important to have a comprehensive drug and alcohol use policy. In this course, you will learn all about ours and our commitment to making a safe and supportive environment for our co-workers and customers.

All employees are expected to report to work free from the influence of drugs and alcohol.

If an employee has a drug or alcohol problem, it is their responsibility to seek assistance before it becomes an issue that affects their work or the safety of their co-workers.

Employees are NOT to attend the workplace if they are under the influence, or have recently consumed, drugs or alcohol. If for some reason an employee becomes under the influence of drugs or alcohol during work hours, they are expected to leave immediately.

If self-assessment is necessary, employees should use a breathalyser and/or take a sick day or unpaid leave if there is any alcohol in their system.

It is every employees' responsibility to: Learn to identify the effects of drugs and alcohol and how it can affect our workplace safety. Keep the negative impacts of their social lives from affecting the workplace environment, to not impact anyone's job performance. Report to their manager if they believe someone is intoxicated, or if they see a hazardous situation. Inform their manager if they are taking a medication that may affect some part of their job. They do not need to be specific here, but they should self-assess to see if they can perform their duties safely while on said-medication.

Social Drinking, Hangovers and PharmaceuticalDrug Use

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Social Drinking, Hangovers and Pharmaceutical Drug Use

We all have lives outside of work. It's our responsibility, however, to not let our social lives affect our performance or the safety of others in the workplace.

Does this mean you are not allowed to drink, after hours, when you're off the clock? No, of course not. Though, there are a few things that could help you stay safe.

Blurry vision, slow response time, aggression, fatigue and trouble concentrating are all common symptoms of a hangover, and can increase risk factors at work tremendously. ## Because of this, if you feel hungover, you should not come into work and instead take a sick day or unpaid leave. ## Keep in mind, for most people, it takes about an hour and a half to process one unit of alcohol. ## This means if you drink the night before work, you may have a level of Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) that could be dangerous. ## The only way to reduce your BAC is to wait it out. Drinking water, a cold shower, coffee or a nap will not speed this process up.

Pharmaceutical Medications Some of us, if not most of us, at some point take prescription and over-the-counter medications.

If you have to take a medication that may affect your ability to do your job safely, it is your responsibility to inform your manager. HOWEVER, you do not need to tell your manager the nature of the medication or the reason you are taking it.

You have a reasonable right to your privacy. The only point you need to make to your manager is that you are (1) taking a medication and (2) it has a potential to affect the ability to do your job safely.

If you are taking an over-the-counter medication and it's not clear if it will impact your performance, look for an indication that the medication may cause drowsiness, slowed reaction times or decreased coordination. Also, antihistamines or allergy and cold medicines usually cause some form of drowsiness and would fall into this category.

If you can perform your job safely, you may be assigned a partner to work with, to monitor for safety. If you are unable to perform a task because of a side-effect of a medication, you will be given an alternative task until your medication intake has concluded.

Risks and Hazards

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Risks and Hazards

It is a fact that risks and hazards dramatically increase when alcohol and drug use is present in the workplace. There are a few main factors that contribute to this. 1) The presence of heavy machinery and hazardous materials 2) Our workplace culture 3) Remote work or business lunches and dinners 4) Availability of alcohol in the office

Hazard factors It's important to be aware of activities that become hazards if alcohol or drugs are involved. This includes: Driving Operating machinery Using hazardous substances or chemicals Activities that require coordination Performing with a team

Other Drugs and their Effects

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Other Drugs and their Effects

It's every employee's responsibility to learn the effects of these drugs so that they can identify their use in the field. Take note of the effects of these drugs and report to management or HR if you suspect use in the workplace.

Stimulants Stimulants are used to increase energy and are frequently used illegally in workplaces to fight fatigue. They have numerous negative effects including a come-down period of extreme tiredness, agitation, dependence and possible heart complications.

Combining Drugs Alcohol and drugs increase the effects of both. Your doctor or pharmacist should tell you about the potential effects of mixing alcohol with your medication. It's not a given that they would also tell you the effects of mixing any illicit drug or other prescription drugs with your medication. Because of this, using any drugs for recreational purposes comes with unknowable risks. This means that some use of over-the-counter medications with your prescription medication has a potential to affect your ability to stay safe. If you think this may be the case, tell your manager.

If You Suspect a Co-worker is Under the Influence

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If You Suspect a Co-worker is Under the Influence

What should I look for? How would you know if your co-worker is under the influence? Look for unusual emotional responses. Do they seem more aggressive lately? Do they display symptoms of burnout? Have they been overtly anxious? Have they been down and depressed, or perhaps paranoid? **There are some behaviours to look for as well. ** You may notice a slower reaction time or shorter attention span than normal. Some people can display slurred speech, lowered motivation motivation, and impaired coordination. Others may talk excessively, be irritable or not be able to sit still. Physical signs, however, may be the most telling symptoms. Do they smell like alcohol? Are they experiencing weight loss, sweats or chills? Remember, you are here to help your co-workers get help if they need it. Some of these symptoms may be indicative of an entirely different problem altogether.

Drug and Alcohol Tests

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Drug and Alcohol Tests

If an employee has a positive test They will be required to take more awareness training on drugs and alcohol in the workplace. They will be subject to disciplinary action. They will be removed from the main workplace and put into a safe location until they can either be picked up, taken home or return to work. They will be provided with counselling and resources to help with drug or alcohol addiction. If a test is found negative, no record of the test will be kept.

Resources for Recovery (AUS)

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Resources for Recovery

Feel free to use or share these resources with any friend or family member who may need them. We want to make sure you are supported, and we applaud your bravery to confront these issues.

Turning Point Australia's leading addiction research and help centre.

Family Drug Support Australia Support Line: 1300 368 186

Resources for Recovery (USA)

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Resources for Recovery

Feel free to use or share these resources with any friend or family member who may need them. We want to make sure you are supported, and we applaud your bravery to confront these issues.

Alcoholics Anonymous Use this link to find an AA meeting near you.

SAMHSA Opioid Treatment Directory Use this link to find a vetted opioid treatment center near you.

Resources for Recovery (UK)

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Resources for Recovery

Feel free to use or share these resources with any friend or family member who may need them. We want to make sure you are supported, and we applaud your bravery to confront these issues.

Drinkaware Drinkline (confidential helpline) 0300 123 1110

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