"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:
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:
For more information see Work Options "LightHouse Keeper - Navigating Safe Workplaces" Article
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:
The team with Gladys Wood, General Manager, Haslin
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.
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.
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'.
Drug & Alcohol Policy -Sept 2018
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:
A fun night was had by all with plenty of laughter, dancing and great company!
Congratulations to the category winners:
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.
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.”
On 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!