Health & Safety

Everyone who goes to work should come home healthy and safe. To achieve this, HSWA provides a new way of thinking. The Health and Safety at Work Act:

  • Ensures everyone has a role to play
  • Makes everyone’s responsibilities clear
  • Focuses on managing work risk
  • Requires those who create the risk to manage the risk
  • Requires businesses to engage with workers and enable them to actively participate in health and safety
  • Allows flexibility in managing health and safety risks.

Drug and Alcohol

Where possible employers should work proactively with employees on policies and processes relating to the management of the effects of alcohol and drugs in the workplace. Policies and processes are often more effective when these are mainly focused on prevention and protection (minimising the risks) rather than punishment.

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Drugs, alcohol and work

Generally, an employer may only ask employees and other workers to agree to alcohol or drugs tests if this is a condition of their appointment and in the employment agreement or workplace policies.

Tests & Checks

Employers can use tests and checks both before and during employment. Checks can include criminal or credit history, drug and alcohol testing, but must be relevant to the job and/or work place.

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