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Making Your Workplace Tobacco-Free

making your workplace tobacco-freeOver the years, smoking has always been tagged as the leading preventable cause of death and disease in Australia. Despite the fact that tobacco smoking leads to a myriad of health problems, such as heart disease and cancer, many Australians continue to light up like there’s no tomorrow. Unfortunately, there indeed is no tomorrow for approximately 15,500 Australians every year who die of smoking-related diseases.

While tobacco is a legal drug that can be bought just about everywhere, employers have every right to aim for a tobacco-free workplace. After all, smoking employees can cost their business more because of absenteeism, health care benefits, and lost productivity — all because of its adverse effects on their health. Here are some of the things employers can do to promote a tobacco-free workplace.

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Implementing Drug Policies in the Workplace

implementing drug policies in the workplaceThere is no question that drugs and alcohol in the workplace can have a negative impact on the operation of the business. Employers should never ignore this. However, sometimes, some employers do because implementing drug policies in the workplace can prove to be a tricky one. Nevertheless, employers who truly care about the health and safety of their workers should use various substance abuse strategies available to them.

To help these employers get started, here are a few tips that they can use to properly address drug and alcohol issues in the workplace.

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New Work Place Safety Codes Now Implemented in NSW

new work safety codesIn a move meant to improve workplace safety in NSW, 12 new codes were implemented on July 18 as part of the national harmonised laws on work. health, and safety that the NSW adopted in 2012.

The 12 new Codes of Practice are meant to replace a number of existing codes that were being implemented under past occupational health and safety legislation. According to Peter Dunphy, Acting General Manager of WorkCover’s Work Health and Safety Division, the new codes are all about creating much safer workplaces in NSW. (more…)

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Study Links Alcohol Abuse to Decreased Work Trajectory

decreased work trajectoryA study conducted by American researchers has found a link between alcohol abuse and a decreased ‘work trajectory’.

According to an article in the University Herald, the study, which was published in the July issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, discovered that employees working with alcohol use disorders are more likely to have a work trajectory that is either flat or on a downward course. (more…)

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