5 January 2020 posted by Recovery Partners

Workplace drug and alcohol testing is becoming more and more common in Australia. The procedure is governed by workplace health and safety acts and regulations. These acts and regulations refer to drug and alcohol use as a potential safety risk. Both the employees and employers are encouraged to take reasonable steps to ensure a safer workplace.

Benefits of drug and alcohol testing in the workplace

Implementing a drug-testing program is the number one way to deter employees from using before or during work hours. The benefits of the process include;

1.  A safer and healthier workplace

Instituting a comprehensive drug and alcohol testing program is a sure way to enhance your organization’s overall job safety. Regular testing will ensure that employees are not under the influence when handling equipment, which will help reduce workplace-related injuries. It can also be used as a way to promote healthier lifestyles among the staff.

2.  Increased productivity

When under the influence, employees are unable to perform at their best. An effective drug testing program will reduce instances of abuse among your employees and guard you against recruiting addicted workers, enabling you to have a quality workforce.

3.  Reduced liability costs

Employees with drug and alcohol problems often have higher medical costs. Regular testing will enable you to reduce compensation claims effectively.

4.  Stable workforce

One of the major of alcohol and drug abuse is absenteeism, which can be costly and in some industries, it can affect the reputation of a business. Eliminating the problem can leave you with a more consistent, effective staff.


At Recovery Partners, we offer on-site drug and alcohol testing. We will help you assess your current workforce and potential employees on all aspects of functional capability, mental state and possible dependence on any of the prohibited substances.

Our services are available in multiple locations nationwide. For more information on our services enquire here

Our consultants love to have a chat, so go ahead and give us a call on 1300 OHS RTW (647 789) or email enquiries@rrp.com.au

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Disclaimer – these articles are provided to supply general safety information to people responsible for OHS in their organisation. They are general in nature and do not substitute for legal and/or professional advice. We always suggest that organisations obtain information specific to their needs. Additional information can be found at https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/