Drinking alcohol has always been a seemingly indispensable aspect of life among Australians. For most Aussies, alcohol consumption will always be present whether they are at parties and other social gatherings or just plain relaxing at home or on vacation. Australians are touted to have a heavy drinking culture, but in fairness, most Aussies drink alcohol at levels where they don’t really suffer adverse effects. That, however, couldn’t be said of a significant number of Australians. (more…)Read More
Surveys and reports almost always mention Australians as having a heavy drinking culture, but a new survey reveals that many Australians believe their drinking level is only average.Read More
Approximately 100,000 drivers in Victoria are going to be tested for methamphetamine use every year as part of the government’s crackdown on drivers who drive while impaired by the drug popularly known as “Ice”. (more…)Read More
Let’s face it — there is a significant degree of resistance to drug testing in the workplace. More often than not, this opposition to workplace drug testing revolves around privacy issues. Many workers claim that drug tests that rely on drawing blood, urine, or even saliva samples are a clear invasion of their privacy, and they are more likely to file cases against their employers because of these tests.
However, if the increasing incidences of workplace drug use and addiction are any indication, workplace drug testing is likely to increase as employers are becoming more determined to ensure the safety of everyone in the workplace.Read More
Much of the opposition to workplace drug testing is centred on the invasive nature of blood tests and, to a lesser extent, saliva tests. Citing privacy laws, many employees oppose drug testing in the workplace, and in some cases, even bring their employers to court to dispute anything that results from those drug tests.
However, with the advent of a new drug testing method in the workplace, invasiveness and privacy may no longer be an issue that employees guilty of substance abuse at work can hide behind as far as workplace drug tests are concerned.Read More
Most companies already have workplace drug policies in place, and that is a good thing. However, when you look at many of these drug policies in the workplace, most of its stipulations are mostly focused on threats of penalties, suspensions, and in many cases, dismissal of violators from their jobs. Over the years, thousands of workers all over the world have been terminated for breaching their workplace drug policies.Read More
There is no question that employees who use alcohol and drugs can cause serious problems in the workplace. Among those problems are reduced productivity, absenteeism, tardiness, increased medical and workers’ compensation bills, and diminished overall job performance. In some cases, employees under the influence of alcohol and drug use may behave unpredictably and make the workplace more dangerous, not only to themselves, but also to everyone who work there. No one is spared from the effects of alcohol and drug use of employees. Colleagues, managers, and employers themselves are affected in one way or another.
Dealing with alcohol and drug use of employees is primarily the responsibility of the employer. To manage this problem, an employer should have a clearly written alcohol and drug abuse policy in place.Read More