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.
Data on 13,000 AU workers analysed
An article on the SafetyCulture website reports on the findings of the study, which was conducted by the Flinders University National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA). The study was led by Dr. Ken Pidd, and involved the analysis of data on 13,000 Australian employees from the National Drug Strategy Household Survey.
According to Dr. Pidd, workplace policies are associated with reduced levels of risky alcohol and drug use among Australian workers. He adds that even the simplest policies can help lower the possibility of high risk drinking among employees.
For the study, participants were asked to choose from 10 multiple response options to indicate the type of drug and alcohol policy being implemented by their employers. They were also asked to indicate the frequency of their use of various substances in the last 12 months.
“After controlling for demographic characteristics, having any AOD policy in place was associated with significantly decreased odds of high risk compared to low risk drinking, but did not significantly predict drinking at risky levels or drug use”, says Dr. Pidd.
The study also found out that for all the effectiveness of workplace drug policies, a third of the businesses have no such policies and drug testing efforts to speak of.
For employers who don’t have an alcohol and drugs policy just yet, it’s never too late to develop one. It is proving to be effective at curbing risky drug and alcohol use, so why not take drug policy development seriously?