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Rationale for Responding to Alcohol-Related Harm in the Workplace

 

In Western Australia, alcohol use might be a characteristic of many workplace cultures, with some industries and occupations having higher proportions of staff drinking at harmful levels than others.

There are individual, community and workplace factors that contribute to risk. People might bring personal risk factors to work; the external environment might contribute to risk; and workplace factors, including working conditions, workplace customs, practices and environments can influence an employee's alcohol consumption patterns. All of these factors impact on the safety and health and overall productivity of the workplace1.

Alcohol use and related harm therefore has occupational safety and health considerations in every workplace. Understanding the relationship between alcohol use and the workplace offers benefits for workplace safety, productivity and employee health and well-being.

As with many other workplace safety and health issues, responding to alcohol-related harm requires a "whole of workplace" approach.2

Developing a safe workplace culture, aimed at preventing and managing alcohol-related harm and issues in your workplace, is a process that is best served by employer and management commitment and the involvement, support and cooperation of all employees including managers, supervisors and safety and health representatives.

 
References

1 VicHealth. (2012). Reducing alcohol-related harm in the workplace (An evidence review: summary report), Victorian Heath Promotion Foundation, Melbourne, Australia.

2 Pidd, K. and Roche, A. (2013). Policy Talk. Workplace alcohol and other drug programs: What is good practice? Australian