The decision to enforce in phases the drug and alcohol fitness for work amendments–specifically the compulsory drug tests–for the building and construction industry under the Building Code 2013 has been welcomed by Master Builders Australia, a major Australian building and construction industry association.
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A merchant seaman who asked not to be identified has claimed that a significant number of fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workers in Australia’s resources industry regularly cheat on their urine drug tests, reports Brendan Foster for Stuff.co.nz.
How effective are workplace drug policies? Very, if a recently published study on how good Australian workplaces are at dealing with drug and alcohol use among employees is to be believed.
In just three years, prescription painkiller misuse in Australia has almost doubled, says a report by Alana Schetzer for The Sydney Morning Herald.
Fair Work Building and Construction (FWBC) will be giving employers in the construction industry up to February next year to comply with the amendments to the Building Code with regards to drug and alcohol requirements, says a report from OHSAlert.
There’s an article on the Daily Examiner featuring a mother’s struggle to come to terms with her son’s ice addiction, as she asks how her child could have become addicted to the drug that is getting a lot of attention in Australian media lately.
The Gold Coast is famed for its long sandy beaches, but if its city council would push through with the idea of opening up the sand for business, it could soon become known as well for beach bars where selling alcohol would be allowed, says a report by Emily Crane for Daily Mail Australia.
The decades-old War on Drugs has successfully driven into our heads that illicit drugs like cocaine, heroin and ice are society’s worst enemy, and are therefore the most dangerous of all. What many don’t realise, however, is that there’s a group of even more dangerous drugs, and all one needs to buy them is a…