Alcohol and drugs in the workplace


When people consider the impacts of drugs and alcohol in the workplace they often presume it’s something that only affects so-called blue collar workers, but testing by Integrity Sampling shows that management, administration and supervisory staff are not immune from the temptation of alcohol and drugs.

The attached graph shows positive tests for drugs and alcohol conducted by Integrity Sampling in the most recent 12-month period ending in June this year, by percentage of occupation. White collar workers, such as management, are tested as often as blue collar workers by Integrity Sampling. While the percentage of positive tests involving white collar workers are relatively low compared to blue collar workers, this is mostly due to the lower number of white collar workers in the industries where we conduct our testing.

While the number of positive tests involving white collar workers are a concern, given the nature of their work the greatest concern must be those workers who use machinery while under the influence of drugs and alcohol. These people are predominantly represented in the fork lift operators and drivers categories. Just as alarming is the percentage of positive tests recorded by storepersons, who also use machinery and work in an environment where they need to be focused to ensure the safety of themselves and others.

Clearly, workforces still have a lot of work to do to educate and manage their workforce in the dangers of coming to work under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

This graph shows that it's not just blue collar workers who are turning up to work under the influence of drugs and alcohol

By Michael

Michael is the founder of Integrity Sampling and is responsible for overseeing all national operations. He is based at Integrity Sampling's head office in Melbourne and is also responsible for the co-ordination of drug and alcohol testing within Victoria, assisting in the implementation of drug and alcohol (fit for work) policies and the presentation of drug and alcohol education and awareness programs. You can connect with Michael Wheeldon on LinkedIn

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