When a Vehicle is an Office

breathalyser recalibration service, breathalyser calibrationYou work in an office. You arrive neatly dressed, and hopefully behave with decorum and respectability. You keep your office relatively clean and clear, and your work environment reflects professionalism, assuredness, strength and clarity. And yes, certainly…you make time for a bit of fun and some light-hearted humour…that is good for business too. There’s a good balance happening. Your office gives an impression. And let’s hope it reflects professionalism, friendliness, consistency and an air of getting the job done safely, soundly and without chaos or unreliability.

And it simply cannot offer an air of alcohol or drug usage and acceptance.

Most company directors and boards would wish this scenario of their management strata employees. But what if you work in transport? And what if the “office” is actually a vehicle? It might be a train or a bus, operating either publicly or privately. It may be a truck, owned and operated as part of a corporate fleet or sub-contracted by an independent owner/operator. In each of these cases one needs to ask whether management has a right to offer guidelines on how this particular office looks and what actually occurs in it:

  • Is it clean?
  • Does it adhere to OHS health and safety standards?
  • How does that “office” inhabitant treat the environment?
  • Is it messy? Is it dirty?
  • And is there any evidence of safety breaches by way of drug or alcohol usage?

According to the Independent Transport Safety Regulator, ITSR of NSW the regulations for rail safety, include the following state laws:

  • Rail safety Act 2008
  • Transport Administration Act 1988
  • Passenger Transport Act 1990
  • Transport Legislation Amendment (Waterfall Rail Inquiry Recommendations) Act 2005. [1]

The main purpose of these is to make sure transport workers and of course, transport drivers adhere to a legislative framework of safety and standards and substance-free behaviour.

Drugs and alcohol continue to be a concern in all transport industry areas. A vehicle is in fact an office, and similar standards should and must apply to vehicle drivers. This means that professionalism, presentation, brand reputation and safety needs to primary. There is simply no room for error because of the potential for the office to transform into a destructive weapon once alcohol or drugs are added to the mix.

The British Rail Network’s Human Factor Good Practice Guide considers the need to be vigilant about human factor error and to help develop a workplace “office” environment that seeks to

  • Identify adverse effects on human performance
  • Potential errors
  • Solution to minimize any impacts.[2]

CMM Technology understands that error and standards due to drug and alcohol usage are a part of the transport industry. The office workplace – which in this case is the vehicle – requires vigilance, standards, professionalism and monitoring. Management have a legal right to request and ensure this, so that safety for employees and the general public is maintained. You can ensure safety by sourcing reputable and high quality testing devices for your drug and alcohol programme.

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[1] http://www.transportregulator.nsw.gov.au/safety-improvement/hf

[2] http://www.rssb.co.uk/EXPERTISE/HF/Pages/WHATISHUMANFACTORS.aspx

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