How can I Prevent Drug and Alcohol Use in my Workplace?

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About Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace

For some years now, awareness has been growing, not only that drug and alcohol abuse is an important workplace problem, but that the workplace is an excellent avenue for the development of broad partnerships for preventive action.

The use of drugs and alcohol, even if consumed outside the workplace, can lead to employee impairment while at work. Fairly low levels of consumption are detrimental to performance, quality and safety. Consumption of drugs and alcohol can lead to poor concentration, carelessness, risk-taking behaviour and errors in judgement which result in higher rates of injuries, fatalities and absenteeism as well as reduced productivity.

Over recent years, studies have shown that:

According to a study carried out in 1990, when airline pilots had to perform routine tasks in a simulator under three alcohol test conditions, it was found that:

(Modell and Mountz, "The problem of alcohol use by pilots", in New England Journal of Medicine, 1990)

What can I do to Prevent Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace?

It is VERY important that any policies and procedures have the commitment of employees in the workplace, we recommend that employees are fully consulted and have the opportunity to be involved in the development of policies and procedures. Many businesses go for a staged approach.

Jump Business Solutions recommends that employers:

Get in Touch with Jump

If you need help, or you answered no or unsure to any of the questions in the assessment tool, then Jump Business Solutions can help you. Phone us on +64 6 754 8987 or +64 27 450 5271 or email and Jump will come to you, discover your needs, and develop a solution that will create real, long-term and positive change for you and your business.