Workers need to know what your expectations are and why you are implementing a Drug and Alcohol Management Programme (DAMP).

Issues include:

  • What a Drug and Alcohol Management Program is?
  • Why there is a need for implementation of a Drug and Alcohol Management Program? (The key things being legislative requirements, workplace health and safety, client requirements and competitive advantage.)
  • How will the Drug and Alcohol Management Program change your workplace? “Fitness for work” has always been an expectation.
  • Your new Drug and Alcohol Management Program will simply clarify expectations and set clear boundaries.
  • What the health implications of the misuse of Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) are?  For example, negative effects on the body’s vital organs, a large array of health conditions etc.
  • What are safety implications of misuse of Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD)? For example, personel affected may suffer from poor spatial awareness, poor reaction time, poor judgment and concentration causing significant risk in your workplace.
  • How, and why it is important, to manage use of medications in the workplace? Drugs do not have to be illegal to be dangerous!
  • How the testing program works and what the detection timeframes for alcohol and illegal drugs are? By providing guidelines for this your employees can better ensure they attend the workplace “fit for work”.
  • How do employees access your Employee Assistance Program if required? Explain the services available and the confidentiality guarantees that go with them.
  • Fitness for work does not equate to policing your employees’ lifestyles outside work hours. Your employees can present fit for work every day, free from the effects of Alcohol and Other Drugs.