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Top 5 Mistakes Employers make with Drug & Alcohol Testing in the workplace
Top 5 Mistakes Employers make with Drug & Alcohol Testing in the workplace

Navigating safe workplaces

"For a workplace drug & alcohol testing program to be successful it must be clear, detailed, fair, enforceable, consistent in its application and focus on education and support."

Many employers develop a drug and alcohol testing program with the right intentions - they want to keep people:

  • safe at work, 
  • prevent dangerous and costly workplace accidents
  • maintain a good brand reputation in their market. 

However, despite their good intentions, most will fail dismally!


We asked our team of workplace drug testing experts what they see as the top 5 common mistakes in drug & alcohol policies and procedures. 

Here’s what they said:

  • The half-baked approach
  • Unclear procedures
  • The "catch & sack" approach
  • Inconsistency in the application of the procedure
  • Lack of training

For  more information see Work Options  "LightHouse Keeper - Navigating Safe Workplaces" Article 

 


Work Options team attended the People’s Awards 2018 for the Civil Contractors Federation (NSW)
Work Options team attended the People’s Awards 2018 for the Civil Contractors Federation (NSW)

On Friday night the Work Options team attended the People’s Awards for the Civil Contractors Federation (NSW) at Doltone House, Pyrmont.

As silver sponsors and long time providers of workplace drug testing, pre-employment fitness for work, workplace rehabilitation and employee counselling for the industry, we were delighted to see several of our customers both nominated and winning some amazing awards. 

BIG congratulations to our customers for the following wins:

  • Haslin Constructions (Chris Hammond) - Project Manager <$2m
  • Abergeldie (Isabel Nobre) - Project Manager >$2m
  • Abergeldie (Carlos Lopez) - Site Supervisor of the Year
  • AWJ Civil (Martin O’Connell) - President’s Award

 

  Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Michael McCormack MP  A highlight of the night was meeting the Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Michael McCormack MP, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, and his lovely wife Catherine. 
  Managing Director, Karen Castledine (left); Snr Injury Management Specialist, Diana Hurst & Regional Manager, Ben Humphreys Managing Director, Karen Castledine (left); Snr Injury Management Specialist, Diana Hurst & Regional Manager, Ben Humphreys

Work Options Team with Gladys Wood, General Manager, Haslin

The team with Gladys Wood, General Manager, Haslin


Managing Employee Mental Health
Managing Employee Mental Health
Managing Employee Mental Health - Why It's Good Business

Are employers responsible for the mental well-being of employees?

 At some stage in their life most employees will experience some sort of personal difficulty, emotional trauma or mental health issue.

Whilst the issue may or may not be a direct result of their employment, it can have a significant impact on the employee’s ability to perform their job or, in fact, even stay in their job. 

It can also affect other workers around them and impact the business in terms of decreased productivity, increased absenteeism, reduced presenteeism, loss of a skilled and valued employee, and increased recruitment costs.

For  more information see Work Options  "LightHouse Keeper - Navigating Safe Workplaces" Managing Employee Mental Health

 


Work Options have moved
Work Options have moved

 

Our new offices will allow us to better service our customers with much more room for the injury management, return to work and employment drug testing teams to work their wonders! The team are feeling very inspired with their new workstations, kitchen and breakout room, great natural light and views over North Sydney.

From our new digs we will continue to provide on-site & off-site drug testing for work, pre-employment fitness testing, EAP and workplace rehabilitation under icare workers insurance scheme, comcare and the motor accidents scheme.

Our Inspiring New Office Work Options has moved to Arthur St


Consequences of an unclear Drug & Alcohol policy
Consequences of an unclear Drug & Alcohol policy

What Can Happen if your Drug & Alcohol Testing Policy is Unclear & too General - A Case Study

 

Imagine this...

its the evening of Melbourne Cup day, night shift has commenced and an employee reports to you that another employee has passed out asleep in a truck at work, and she smells of alcohol.

To make matters worse you discover that as a result of this, approximately 50 chickens have died. Your drug and alcohol policy says you have a 'zero tolerance for alcohol'.

 

What would you do...?

 

For  more information see Work Options  "LightHouse Keeper - Navigating Safe Workplaces" Article 

Drug & Alcohol Policy -Sept 2018


Work Options team at Civil Contractors Federation (NSW) Earth Awards
Work Options team at Civil Contractors Federation (NSW) Earth Awards

On Friday night, 8th June, the Work Options team attended the Civil Contractors Federation (NSW) Earth Awards at the Hyatt Regency, Darling Harbour. 

Representing Work Options was: 

  • Karen Castledine, Managing Director; 
  • Diana Hurst, Snr Injury Management Specialist; 
  • Kaitlan Irvine, Workplace Drug & Alcohol Testing Coordinator;
  • Dane Sullivan, Snr Rehabilitation Counsellor; 
  • Chris Kroukamp, Occupational Therapist; 
  • Matthew Mooney, Regional Manager Northern NSW.

A fun night was had by all with plenty of laughter, dancing and great company!

Congratulations to the category winners:

  • Category 1 (project value up to $2m): Piling & Civil Australia for Foundation Replacement, Burrinjuck Towers 125 and 126.
  • Category 2 (project value $2m to $5m): Antoun Civil Engineering & Sutherland Shire Council for Design and Construction of Woolooware Bay Shared Pathway - Stage 6 Taren Point
  • Category 3 (project value $5m to $10m): Diona for Design and Construction of Water and Sewer Infrastructure - Canterbury Town Centre
  • Category 4 (project value $10m to $30m): Rob Carr for Green Square Stormwater Drain Project
  • Category 5 (project value $30m to $75m): Seymour Whyte Constructions for Wyong Road and Pacific Highway Upgrade at Tuggerah

As silver sponsors and long time providers of workplace drug testing, pre-employment fitness for work, workplace rehabilitation and employee counselling for the industry, we were delighted to see several of our customers both nominated and winning some amazing awards for some amazing projects. 


the winner – Darrell Wilson
the winner – Darrell Wilson

Work Options was proud to be sponsor of the inaugural Safety Award for the NSW Waste Contractors & Recyclers Association awards last Friday night. We were incredibly impressed with the quality of finalists and, of course, the winner – Darrell Wilson. Darrell was a humble, yet very deserving winner.

See what the judges said below:

Darrell was awarded for his response at high speed, in traffic on the M5, where he averted a potentially catastrophic accident which could have resulted in many deaths. Darrell was travelling on the M5 when a school bus carrying 20 children suddenly pulled out in front of him. His quick thinking response to stop the vehicle and turn the truck towards the concrete wall averted the collision. Darrell’s intention was to avoid the bus at all costs, even at his own well-being. Darrell’s driver professionalism & attention to detail, ensured that his response in this emergency situation was quick, appropriate & very highly skilled. In essence, Darrell put into practice what all heavy vehicle drivers should be doing and that is to be alert & attentive at all times.


Work Options’ Consultant Wins Award for Outstanding RTW Achievement!
Work Options’ Consultant Wins Award for Outstanding RTW Achievement!

 

Diane Hurst ARPA 2017 WInnerThe AwardOn Thursday, 2nd November the NSW Australian Rehabilitation Providers Association announced the winners of the inaugural ARPA NSW Excellence in Workplace Rehabilitation Awards.

We are very pleased to announce that Diana won the award for Outstanding Return to Work Achievement! This is a very well deserved win for Di. The case nominated had a number of complexities which required not only very strong occupational therapy and case management skills, but strong communication and a lot of ‘outside the box’ strategies to assist the worker achieve a full and sustainable RTW.

Diana automatically goes into the National Awards to be held Friday 17th November in Canberra.

We wish her all the best at the nationals!


Wellness at Work, Coffs Harbour
Wellness at Work, Coffs Harbour
On Wednesday, 13th September, Work Options was pleased to be part of the ‘Wellness at Work’ event run by the Coffs Coast Safety Network.
The event was held in beautiful Coffs Harbour and attended by a strong turnout of employers interested in the health and well being of their people.
There were some really interesting talks, such as Jim Kelly, Director of Health & Return to Work, SafeWork NSW, who talked about putting the ‘H’ back into WHS. Another inspiring speaker was Becky Cole from local radio station, CHYFM, who spoke on creating a health, productive and inclusive workplace.
As exhibitors at the event it was wonderful to talk to so many local employers who genuinely wanted to improve their organisational well being. Our hats off to them!”

Customer Service Award
Customer Service Award
Work Options wins 99.33% for customer service in the 2017 Australian Achievers Awards! Well done to our wonderful, hard-working team.