Risk Management – drugs and alcohol

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To do so adequately, you need to develop a risk management programme and you need to understand risk factors and risk assessment in your business/organisation. You also need to understand risk control and you need to develop a workplace policy on drugs and alcohol that takes all these factors into account.

Risk management is as simple as a 3 step process

The West Australian Department of Commerce and the OSHR Act of 1996 outline a simple 3 step process that relates to alcohol and drugs and managing the risks associated with them. Appearing in the Alcohol and other drugs at the workplace guidance notes, it states that “the hazards and risks associated with alcohol and other drugs in the workplace should in fact be assessed in the same way as for other occupational safety and health issues.” This simple three stage strategy can be systematically incorporated and developed stage by stage into your workplace.

The three step process is very simple and effective and entails:

  • Identify the hazards that could arise
  • Assess risks of injury or harm arising from each identified hazard
  • Control risks through the implementations of control measures to eliminate or reduce them.[1]

Identify the hazards

When considering the hazards caused by alcohol and other drugs, the report suggests you take into account the following:

  • Machinery operation
  • Any driving that is being performed at work
  • Hazardous substances being used
  • Performing team duties or group duties
  • Any situation involving motor coordination or concentration

Assess the risks

Employers then need to consider risk factors that can exist in their workplace from drugs and alcohol:

  • Usage of AOD’s in relevant work related social groups
  • Patterns of use. Patterns of use create different risks. Make sure you understand the risks associated with different AOD usage patterns
  • Workplace culture – this will have an impact on risks. Is the culture one that supports lots of drinking or drugging or not?
  • Is there ready availability or proximity of AOD’s?
  • Is the workplace in an isolated area? This can affect risks re AOD’s.
  • Adequacy of job training and design.
  • Poor supervision
  • Interpersonal relating in the workplace (bullying, hostility etc.)
  • Bad work conditions, long hours, hot or dangerous environments etc.

Risk Control

These may possibly include the following, but the exact details will depend on the needs and requirements of your workplace and the risks and hazards you have identified in the preceding steps of the 3 stage strategy:

  • Develop an AOD policy (E.g. CASA)[2]
  • Communicate these clearly to your staff
  • Encourage management to support them too
  • Provide information, education, training
  • Develop safeguards re tasks and processes and equipment
  • Reduce stress in workplace
  • Develop a testing procedure or screening programme

CMM Technology is able to assist with the development of a testing procedure or procedures and screening programmes that are suitable for you and your organisation and support and fit with other aspects of your risk management approach. Speak with CMM Technology about these extremely adaptable testing technologies and options. CMM Technology . +618 1300 79 70 30.


[1] http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/worksafe/PDF/Guidance_notes/

[2] www.casa.gov.au/wcmswr/_assets/main/jobs/aod_candidates.pdf

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