Alcohol and Drugs

 Alcohol

In any industry alcohol and work are not compatible.

  • Alcohol is a depressant drug, which depresses parts of the brain function. When working you require all of your brain functions to save you from injury.
  • If you’re found to be intoxicated with drink, you won’t be allowed on site. You may end up losing your job.
  • Don’t get drunk the night before and expect to work safely on site the next day. Alcohol takes time to work out of your system (1 pint of beer takes approximately 2 hours).
  • 50% of all drivers killed are over the legal limit.
  • If you drink, don’t drive.
  • Some workplace fatal accidents are alcohol-related.
  • Keep your head clear – leave your drinking sessions to social events, where you can’t cause injury to yourself or others.
  • Get a bad reputation for drinking and you may not get another job as you’ll be seen as a liability.

  Drugs

  • You are far more likely to have an accident on site when you are under the influence of drugs.
  • Drugs prescribed by your doctor could make you unfit for work, as can illegal drugs.
  • You may feel you don’t have a drug problem – it’s got nothing to do with you.  But if you get hurt, it’s a bit late to wonder what the other person was on.
  • If you know somebody is on drugs, tell your supervisor – help to stamp it out.
  • Signs to look for, watery eyes, pinpoint or dilated pupils, running nose, constant sniffing, tight lips, sores, ulcers, trembling, fatigue and irritability. If you see it, report it.
  • All drugs can affect your ability to work safely.
  • Some effects of drugs: slow reaction times, clumsiness, poor decision-making and distorted vision.
  • Don’t take ‘E’s – ‘E’ stands for ‘Ex-employee’.

            If you get offered drugs, say no, you’d rather work safely!

            Drugs and work don’t mix.  Don’t let it become a problem.

            What is your companies policy regarding alcohol and drug abuse?

 

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