Drug Testing in Melbourne Workplaces Not an Olympic Effort
Every four years the Olympics rolls around and while much of the focus is on the incredible efforts by athletes across a range of sports, inevitably the spotlight is also on those who are willing to cross the line to get an advantage. Thankfully, stringent drug testing procedures is in place to help weed out the cheats and help ensure that those who step onto the podium deserve to be there.
But what about your Melbourne workplace? While it’s unlikely one of your employees is taking drugs to enhance their performance at work, research shows there are many employees who do turn up to work under the influence of drugs. But thankfully, just like at the Olympics, there is something you can do to detect those who are willing to cross the line.
How large is the problem?
There is plenty of research that shows that drugs are an issue in our community and in our workplace:
• Roadside drug testing Melbourne and Victoria, conducted during 2015, found that one in 15 people tested were driving under the influence of drugs. Victorian Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer has said this is likely to climb to 1 in 10 in 2016.
• Recent research carried out by the Western Australian State Government showed that Western Australians are consuming around 2 tonnes of methamphetamines each year, valued at a street value of $2 billion.
• Cannabis remains our most used illicit drug, with 10.2% of Australians aged 14 years and over having used cannabis in 2014. Other commonly used drugs include cocaine (2.1%), ecstasy (2.5%) and methamphetamines / amphetamines (2.1%).
• 2% of Australians have confessed to coming to work under the influence of drugs.
Implementing drug testing in your Melbourne workplace
You don’t need to be an Olympian to implement drug testing in your Melbourne workplace. But you do need to have a drug and alcohol management plan. And you do need to educate your employees about the plan and the drug testing that you intend to implement.
Just like Olympic athletes, there is plenty of help available on the sidelines. There are businesses, such the highly experienced Integrity Sampling, who can help with all aspects, including developing a drug and alcohol management plan and educating your employees.