Risk Management Planning – AOD Testing as a Necessary Component

Suitable and effective Risk Management Planning for major industry requires accurate targeting of the inappropriate AOD (alcohol and other drug) usage of employees and workers.  AT CMM Technology, quality testing products that cost-effectively manage and monitor the issue of Alcohol and Other Drug usage in the workplace have been developed, thereby reducing cost spinoffs, and the OHS and workplace safety compromises that are a consequence of the problem.

As Collins and Lapsley note, AOD “abuse can have an important impact upon the productivity of the paid workforce in three ways, resulting in:

  • Reduction in the size of the available workforce as a result of drug-attributable deaths and illnesses causing premature retirement;
  • Increased workforce absenteeism resulting from drug-attributable sickness or injury;
  • Reduced on-the-job productivity as a result of drug-attributable morbidity.” [1]

A sound risk management strategy therefore needs to prudently engage in appropriate AOD testing and monitoring products, offsetting and/or addressing these issues and the economic shortfalls that are a consequence. For example, The Mines Safety and Inspections Act 1994 requires both employers/employees to  manage AOD on the job issues as a central component of the risk management approach, taking reasonable and practical steps to control and/or rid these risks wherever possible.[2]

CMM Technology testing products and procedures offer viable, quick, reliable and cost-effective solutions that help to identify and manage risk in relation to alcohol and other drugs.

The Medix™ Integrated Pro-Split Cup testing unit is a highly accurate urine tester capable of testing up to 10 different illicit substances. Manufactured specifically for the Australian market, it complies with the Australian Standards AS4308 cut-off marks. For alcohol testing and monitoring, CMM Technology’s Lion alcolmeter® SD-400 is a simple and effective fully automated unit, suitable for heavy industry such as mining, medical departments and also police traffic units. It is not only suitable for fast testing but also satisfies the requirements of evidential testing standards (requiring documentation) and is approved by law enforcement agencies worldwide.

While assessing the cost of alcohol in the workplace remains quantitavely elusive, Collins and Lapsley have estimated the cost to Australian Industry may be as high as $3.2 billion per year.[3]

For assistance on developing a quality workplace drug and alcohol testing solution that otpimises your Risk Management procedures, contact CMM Technology’s team of industry experts today on (+618) 9204 2500.


[1] Collins, D.J and Lapsley, H.M. Counting the cost: estimates of the social costs of drug

abuse in Australia in 1998-9,  Monograph Series no.49, National Drug Strategy, Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, Canberra.

[2] Western Australian Department of Industry and Resources.  Fatigue Management for the Western Australian Mining Industry – Guideline. Nov 2000.

http://www.dmp.wa.gov.au/documents/Guidelines/MSH_G_FatigueManagement.pdf

[3] Collins, D.J and Lapsley, H.M. Counting the cost: estimates of the social costs of drug

abuse in Australia in 1998-9, Monograph Series no.49, National Drug Strategy, Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, Canberra.

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