Is your business or organisation able to be certified DRUGSAFE?
At Drug-safe Australia we take safety from substance abuse very seriously through our fully accredited team of Drug-safe Community providers.
When you engage a Drug-safe Community programme you will be working with the best trained and experienced team of professionals available, who are focussed upon providing a complete practical solution which will lead to DRUG-SAFE WORKPLACE CERTIFICATION.
The DRUG SAFE CERTIFICATION PROGRAMME has been developed by our organisation over the past two decades to become the industry-standard for best practice and excellence.
In fact Drug-safe Australia has consistently been recognised as the innovative leader in addressing alcohol and drug issues within Australia and the South Asian/Pacific region. Some of our key milestones include:
- Australia’s first to be NATA accredited.
- The first to introduce mobile clinics Australia wide
- The first to deliver a 24 hour laboratory confirmation result.
- Continual improvement and training programmes for Field service teams
- Electronic reporting and analysis
- The only provider to deliver a certified DRUGSAFE solution
Drug-safe certification –
- Drug-safe Policy, Processes and Procedures.
- The foundation for any successful Drug-safe programme is to ensure you have a clear and workable Policy that meets your unique needs and is simple enough for your staff or membership to understand and comprehend the consequences of not meeting the basic requirements.
- This document is the roadmap upon the Drug-safe programme will be founded with the agreement and support of all involved, whether they are management, employees, sub-contractors, visitors or possibly members of an association or sporting facility in the case of a Drug-safe Sports programme.
- The “3 P’s” (Policy, Process and Procedures) have been drafted by some of Australia’s finest Industrial legal minds under the guidance of Drug-safe Australia’s experienced management.
- Explain and educate:
- We conduct your Drug-safe Workshops for ALL staff in a relaxed and non-threatening way. This allows the staff to ask questions regarding their personal circumstances and dispel any rumours that may have been circulating.
- These presentations should be professional but concise, allowing time to address all issues of concern but avoiding disruption by dissenters.
- Workshops should only consist of 30+/- people at a time.
- ASQA Accreditation and Fit for work training:
- Supervisors who have a day-to-day involvement with staff need to be trained to identify areas of concern and staff behaviour that could be unsafe for others and themselves. This also gives supervisory staff a basic understanding of what is acceptable behaviour and when they should interact. Fit for Work training is a half day interactive training and awareness workshop designed specifically for people in a supervisory role
- It is desirable to have at least one staff member on each shift accredited to ASQA standard to test for alcohol and other drugs (AOD). The purpose is for on-site challenges that require a competent test to be conducted that follows all legal requirements and further laboratory confirmation if necessary.
- This would be required in circumstances such as “reasonable cause/suspicion, return to work, post incident and possibly after events such as Grand Final football match or other similar celebrations.
Reason for testing:
- Pre-employment screening:
- This is a simple and inexpensive process sometimes referred to as “stopping the leaks”.
- Once you have established a culture of Drug-safe work practices within your organisation it is vitally important to stop any bad habits “leaking” in through poor employment screening.
- This is done through a Drugsafe Workforce programme to screen all “shortlisted” new employees as part of their application process.
- These recruits may be asked to pay for their alcohol and other drug screen as part of the application process but be reimbursed by the company if they are successful.
- Blanket screening:
- To identify the depth of the problem and be able to focus a limited budget towards “hot-spots” a blanket screen or AOD audit should be conducted as soon as your Drug-safe workshops are completed. This ensures that budgets are not wasted in areas that show little or no safety concerns regarding substance abuse.
- A blanket screen also provides a baseline of fact upon which future results can be measured and compared. This is very important to ensure your Drug-safe programme is achieving your desired results.
- Random screening:
- Once the results of the blanket screen are available it allows for a focussed and well planned random screening programme to be commenced.
- Random screening is an essential part of the Drug-safe Programme and is where the “rubber hits the road” and the policy, processes and procedures are applied to achieve the outcome agreed to in the Drug-safe Education workshops.
- The random schedule will be planned to avoid a pattern that can be forecasted and expected by staff.
- Reasonable Cause:
- Reasonable cause testing is conducted where a supervisor or work colleague expresses concern for the safety behaviour of a work colleague or contractor. A test can be conducted by a fully trained staff member to ascertain whether the individual is affected by alcohol or other drugs or suffering the effects of illness or exhaustion.
- Analysis and reporting:
- Allows you to manage your Drug-safe programme effectively by seeing results and issues quickly.
- You are also able to identify trends in programme outcomes on a regular basis. This is an essential management tool and a key element to create a “best practice” Drug-safe campaign.