Prohibited substances include any prescription or over-the-counter drugs, and any other legally or otherwise obtained substance that can impair a person’s judgment and functioning. In the workplace, the use of such substances can place a significant risk to both the affected person and the health and safety of other employees.
As a result, many businesses in Australia are formulating policies and regulations against all forms of substance abuse prior, or during working hours.
Categories of prohibited substances:
There are a number of varied substances that fall into the category including:
Alcohol is the biggest culprit in most companies across the country. Alcoholic beverages (Wines, spirits and beers) predispose workers to compromised motor function, slowed reflexes and sleepiness or drowsiness.
There is always a level of risk when using any drug – even the legally obtained prescription or over-the-counter medications. The reaction to these drugs varies from person to person and in many cases, can affect an employee’s ability to perform optimally.
Other prohibited substances include, but are not limited to the following;
- Depressants – Tranquilizers and sedatives
- Illegal substances – Amphetamines, cocaine, heroin, morphine, LSD, and marijuana
Interestingly, lost productivity costs Australian businesses around 6 billion dollars each year. Drug and alcohol use can significantly contribute to this, by causing:
- Poor decision making
- Loss of efficiency
To help maintain a healthy and safe workplace, more companies are implementing procedures and policies regarding drug and alcohol testing.
At Recovery Partners, we offer drug and alcohol testing on-site or as part of a pre-employment assessment. We will help you assess your current workforce as well as potential employees on all aspects of functional capability, mental state and possible dependence to any of the prohibited substances.
Our services are available nationwide. For more information on our services, click here.
Alternatively, our consultants love to have a chat, so go ahead and give us a call on 1300 OHS RTW (647 789).
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 www.workcover.nsw.au
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