Drugs and alcohol FAQs
Who has Work Health and Safety legislative responsibilities to ensure that any actions or omissions do not adversely affect the health and safety of the other persons at the workplace?
Any person employed or engaged by the University, or who is undertaking University related activities both on and off-campus. This includes but is not limited to employees, title holders, volunteers, Higher Degree Research students, visitors or third parties engaged by the University (e.g. contractors, sub-contractors and employees of a labour hire company placed in the University).
What should a worker do if they consider that another worker is under the influence of drugs or alcohol and may endanger another person or themselves?
Report the incident to:
- the Manager/Supervisor or the person who is managing the area/activity; or
- the contractor’s supervisor (where applicable); or
- Campus Security, who will contact the relevant personnel and also provide assistance; or
- the Police (0) 000 if the behaviour is life-threatening. (You will need to advise your exact location e.g. building, level and room number, your name and contact details and/or sufficient information to enable your whereabouts to be tracked e.g. your emergency contact at the University, and details of the current situation. Please also advise the Security Office (831) 35444 who will provide information/assistance.)
What happens following a report that a worker is potentially under the influence of drugs or alcohol and may endanger another person or themselves?
The person who receives the report will assess the situation and if necessary take the required action to ensure the safety of those involved.
Their actions will depend on the location and level of risk but will generally involve:
- attending the area (if safe to do so);
- discussions with the person(s) involved to verify the report; and
- provision of the opportunity for him/her/them to explain and modify their behaviour.
Where a risk remains, the person(s) may be:
- directed to cease work/activity;
- directed to work in an alternative work area/duties;
- requested to leave the workplace (Safe transport will be arranged to their residence where reasonable to do so; or
- escorted from the premises by Security or the emergency services.
Does an incident report need to be completed for a drug or alcohol related incident?
What happens if the drug or alcohol related incident places another person at serious risk or harm? Is this misconduct?
What happens if the person involved in the drug or alcohol related incident is a student?
What should I do if I am taking prescription medication which may affect my safety/work performance, or the health and safety of other persons and I am concerned that I could cause an incident?
Discuss the activities where you consider that your medication may place you/or others at risk with your Manager/Supervisor. Let them know how long you will be on the medication for and the symptoms.
You may need to modify your activities during this time, so discuss and agree on any changes to your normal tasks and the frequency of review. Where required this could also necessitate a higher level of supervision or frequent monitoring during the day. This is all based on the medication and symptoms and may need some information from your treating doctor.
Should you require advice/assistance please contact the HSW (Injury Management and Wellbeing) Advisor on 8313 5904.
Where medication may affect your work performance long term, your Manager/Supervisor may contact a HR Advisor to this discuss further e.g. reasonable adjustments may need to be considered and formalised.
Will confidentiality be maintained if I report that I am taking prescription medication which may affect my safety/work performance, or the health and safety of other persons?
Where can I find out more information about drug and alcohol related incidents?
Please contact your local HSW team.