Preparing for the silly season with drug and alcohol education


It’s coming up to the time of the year when normally reliable and responsible employees can go astray, and as a business owner or manager it’s not just photocopies of bare backsides that you’ve got to worry about!

Leading up to Christmas, most of us have more opportunities to go out, whether it be a work function or social occasion with friends. So this is an ideal time to remind people of the dangers of alcohol and drugs, to help make sure they don’t come to work under the influence.

Most people want to do the right thing and not come to work under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but many people get caught out simply by being unaware of the risk. They drink excessively the night before and think they’ll be OK to come to work the next day, but don’t understand that they can still have significant quantities of alcohol in their system. Or they’ll take drugs on a Saturday night, believing the drugs will be out of their system come Monday morning.

Educating employees about the dangers of drugs and alcohol is just one of the vital parts of a good workplace drug and alcohol program. It’s also important to ensure your employees understand your workplace’s drug and alcohol policy and their responsibilities. And, of course, random and planned alcohol and drug testing will form a strong part of the program.

For more advice on implementing drug and alcohol education in your workplace, contact Integrity Sampling.

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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