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Phase 3: Management & Evaluation

Managing the implementation of your fitness for work alcohol policy requires ongoing commitment and support of the employer and management at all levels.

Monitoring, reviewing and evaluating the effectiveness of your policy is an important step in the policy cycle as it:1

  • promotes compliance and accountability at all levels;
  • enables the workplace to modify procedures and identify and adopt new strategies to meet changing conditions and circumstances; and
  • provides the employer and employees with a greater understanding of the benefits to preventing and managing alcohol-related harm in the workplace.

The process for monitoring, reviewing and evaluating the effectiveness of your policy including the policy's impact and outcomes will be guided by the workplace structure that has been put in place.

The method and timeframe for monitoring, reviewing and evaluating your policy needs to be considered.

The data and records to be collected will also need to be determined. This may include workplace productivity statistics, incident reports, workplace testing results and information collected directly from employees through surveys and participation in information, education and training sessions and programs.

In order to measure the impact and outcomes of your fitness for work policy the following should be considered 2:

  • the achievement of policy objectives;
  • the process for developing and implementing the policy;
  • extent to which the policy has been applied to all employees;
  • effectiveness of and compliance with policy procedures including the impact that the procedures had on workplace productivity and safety and health;
  • access to and availability of support and counselling services within and external to the workplace;
  • effectiveness of other workplace strategies i.e. awareness raising, workplace health promotion, education and training programs; and
  • recommendations for future implementation and success.
 
References

1 National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction. (2006). Responding to Alcohol and Other Drug Related Issues in the Workplace: An Information and Resource Package. NCETA, Adelaide, South Australia.

2 Allsop, S., Pillips, M. and Calogero, C. (2001). Drugs and work: responding to alcohol and other drug problems in Australian workplaces. Melbourne. Australia.