Increasing Knowledge Reduces Stress in the Workplace Environment

In a case study by Dr. Holland[1], new drug and alcohol testing procedures in the mining industry were not disputed in the mining workplace, but an incomplete evaluation program certainly was. Since drug and alcohol use (as well as abuse) could be the result of a stressful workplace environment, if regular and randomized testing was to be implemented, the inherent need for stress-free surroundings at work required more than simply submitting samples for drug tests.

However, stress at work can easily be caused by under-qualified and undertrained individuals, coworkers and members of management. At CMM Technology™, in addition to our drug and alcohol testing training and courses, we offer courses in Life Support, Senior First Aid, Cert IV TAA, Manual Handling, Grader, Haul Truck, Chainsaw, Loader, Excavator, and many more. Check out our full list of courses and High Risk licenses here.

Although compliance with drug and alcohol testing helps to make the workplace more efficient, which in turn reduces stress, self education and edification can contribute greatly to calm, steady, peaceful working environments. Both factors are important to achieve high efficiency and to retain high quality employees.

During any type of economic instability, it may seem that training employees “just enough” to get by will at least keep your business afloat. This, however, was not true in more famous examples such as the Exxon Valdez oil tanker, where an under-trained officer ran the ship aground on well-charted Bligh Reef,[2] and the St. Francis dam collapse,[3] where self-taught and under-qualified civil engineer, William Mulholland, built a dam above the St. Francisquito Canyon, in order to provide water for Los Angeles residents. Mulholland was the only one in charge and both the dam and the rock upon which the dam was built were insufficient for the task. In these circumstances, companies and businesses can prevent disaster by providing adequate training, not only in work duties, but also in company and legal protocol. Protocol is set in place to avoid “what if” situations, where chain of command or reactions to unique environments are not clearly defined.

In the above examples, a great amount of damage can be caused in a short amount of time and through improper supervising procedures. Receiving adequate training and courses such as the ones listed above can greatly reduce accidents, injury, death and loss of revenue in high-hazard work environments. Drug and alcohol testing, especially around major holidays, can reduce additional damage due to slowed reaction time, poor judgment and carelessness. Incomplete knowledge can, in some circumstances, be more dangerous than having no knowledge at all. Keep yourself and your employees safe by receiving the proper training and testing.

Call CMM Technology today on +618-9204-2500 to see how we can assist you with your training program.

1. Holland, Peter, Dr., Case Study. Drug Testing in the Australian Mining Industry, Surveillance and Society 1(2): 204-209, accessed Nov. 9, 2010 at:

2. Practices that related to the Exxon Valdez. Washington, DC: National Transportation and Safety Board. 18 September 1990. pp. 1–6.

3. Bonander, Ross. “Man-made disasters – Australia.” – Men’s Online Magazine. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Nov. 2010.

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