What it contains

Drug and alcohol misuse in the earth resources industry is a well-recognised issue. This handbook outlines how employers can help manage the health and safety risks associated with drugs and alcohol use. It explains how employers can:

  • develop a workplace management strategy
  • meet their legal duties and obligations
  • consult with employees to manage these risks
  • conduct a risk assessment of workplace factors associated with alcohol consumption and drug use
  • address these risks through control measures
  • document the risk assessment and control measures in the mine’s health and safety management plan

The document also advises employees how to:

  • help to develop a workplace management strategy
  • meet their legal duties and obligations
  • recognise the workplace health and safety risks of drug and alcohol consumption
  • understand all related factors contributing to these risks
  • help to develop a workplace alcohol and drugs management plan and procedures
  • manage non-work activities so they don’t arrive at work affected by drugs or alcohol

At the end of the document, there is:

  • a list of definitions for terms used in this document
  • a list of organisations you can contact for more information
  • a list of relevant references and further reading