Employers have general 'duty of care' obligations to ensure, as far as practicable, employees, clients, customers or visitors that may enter or participate in the workplace, are not exposed to alcohol or other drug-related hazards and risks and where they exist, addressing them through risk management processes 1.
As with any other workplace safety and health issue, preventing and managing alcohol-related harm and issues in the workplace requires a risk management approach for responding to:
As an employer there are a few things you may need to consider as part of your risk management approach:2
As with any risk management approach, the suitability of your responses will depend on your workplace needs and available resources. Implementing a range of complementary strategies is more likely to foster a safe workplace culture around alcohol. These responses need to be identified, implemented, reviewed and evaluated to ensure they are working as intended and be inclusive of all members of the workforce, including employees at all level.
1 Commission for Occupational Health and Safety. (2008). Guidance Note Alcohol and Other drugs at the Workplace. MIAC.
2 Allsop, S. (2013) Workplace Training Module. National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, Perth.
Call the Alcohol and Drug Support Line on (08) 9442 5000 or 1800 198 024 toll free for country callers.
For emergencies call the 000 emergency line.