Australia has one of the highest price tags for alcoholic drinks, and this fact drives higher demand for illicit drugs, which tend to be much cheaper than alcohol, according to an article written by Inga Ting for The Sydney Morning Herald.Read More
In all fairness, many employers are actually doing their best to comply with work health and safety regimes. The problem, however, lies in the fact that they have to comply with up to eight different work health and safety regulations, especially when they have operations in various jurisdictions across Australia.
In the face of all the red tape and complications of this existing system, there is a need for new, streamlined and national work safety laws, and that is exactly what a bill filed before Parliament aims to do once it becomes a law.Read More
The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has decided to uphold the termination of a worker who tested positive for cannabis by Woolstar Pty Ltd, saying the levels of THC, the most active compound in cannabis, found in his system during a workplace drug test is “a matter for alarm”.Read More
A survey conducted by the National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre (NCPIC) has revealed that one out of three people employed in companies with drug-testing programs in place continue smoking cannabis, believing they are unlikely to be ever tested.Read More
It’s heartening to know that many companies are now taking the health and well-being of their employees seriously by implementing well-being programs. Considering that providing medical checks, vaccinations, fitness programs, and even gym memberships were hardly a priority in the past, these programs that help ensure a healthy workforce are a welcome addition in the lives of employees of all ages and rank.
However, for all the benefits that well-being programs offer employees, they should not be the end-all and be-all of an organisation’s WHS or Work Health and Safety management system. Unfortunately, many employers today seem to put a lot more emphasis on well-being programs than those that concern overall workplace safety.Read More