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Addressing Alcohol Abuse Issues in the Workplace

alcohol abuse in the workplaceAustralia has a very distinct drinking culture, and it is not unexpected for that culture to spill over into the workplace. We all know, however, how detrimental alcohol can be to everyone in a place of business. When someone is consuming alcohol, the health and safety of everyone in the workplace may become compromised. Accidents resulting in injuries or death could happen, or the aggressive behaviour or the loss of inhibition that alcohol triggers could put people in rather compromising situations as the whole workforce looks on.

So what should Australian employers do to address alcohol abuse issues in the workplace?

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Creating a Successful Drug-Safe Workplace Policy

drug policy in the workplaceMany employers have already realised how important it is to establish a drug-safe workplace policy, and have taken measures to get one developed and implemented the soonest possible time. What many employers have not realised, however, is that one company’s drug-safe workplace policy might not be applicable to another. To create a successful drug-safe workplace policy, there are factors that need to be taken into consideration first. Here is a list to help you get started.

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Are Drug Tests Not Working?

drug test in the workplaceEmployers all over the world have established drug testing programs to keep everyone in the workplace healthy, safe, and productive, but an article by Lydia DePillis for The Washington Post says there is a dip in drug tests in the workplace because there’s not much evidence that drug tests actually improve safety and productivity.

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What Should You Do if Your Workplace Has No Drug Policy?

developing drug policy in the workplaceWith each passing day, more and more workplaces are implementing drug and alcohol policies that help ensure the health and safety of everyone working in the company, from the rank and file to top management. While the figures have been encouraging for advocates of work and health safety, it remains a fact that many companies have yet to put a drug policy in place. If you’re an employer and your company is one of those places that have not established a drug policy just yet, what should you do? Here’s a guideline that can help you start.

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Scientists Have Developed Exhaled Breath Drug Test

exhaled breath drug testEver since workplaces started requiring workers to take drug tests, those opposed to them have consistently labeled the practice as an invasion of privacy, as employees are being asked to submit urine samples for the tests or face consequences. However, a recent scientific development might put a stop to all that, as scientists have reported developing a drug test that doesn’t require urine samples. All it needs to determine drug use or abuse is a person’s exhaled breath.

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Understanding the Effects of Cocaine

effects of cocaine useThere was a time when cocaine was the most fashionable illicit drug in the world. Classified as a stimulant, it was the drug of choice for many addicts, particularly those who can afford it as it tended to be more expensive than other illegal drugs. It had its heyday in the 1980s and 1990s, but the advent of cheaper illegal substances gave cocaine stiff competition.

While it may no longer be the top drug of choice these days, cocaine remains just as potent as ever. Its effects on its users remain the same: fast-acting and totally dangerous.

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