One of the questions any business manager or owner in Tasmania may ask themselves, is ‘why should I conduct alcohol testing in my workplace’? After all, conducting alcohol testing is an expense, takes time and resources and may highlight issues that perhaps you’d rather not know about.
So, let’s look at why we think alcohol testing in Tasmania is important, for any business where safety is a priority.
People do take risks
Perhaps you provide information to your employees about the dangers of drugs and alcohol in the workplace, and you’re confident your employees do the right thing. Nice thought, but it’s probably a bit naive.
We know from the alcohol testing we conduct in workplaces in Tasmania and across Australia that people are willing to take risks with alcohol. And Tasmania Police see this risk taking perhaps every day on the roads:
- Like the Summerhill woman who was recently caught in alcohol testing with a blood alcohol level of 0.324. While the reading is sensational enough – most people would be unconscious at this level – what makes the incident even more absurd is that just days earlier the same driver blew 0.350 in roadside alcohol testing conducted by Tasmania Police.
- Like the 43 drivers who were detected during alcohol testing on Tasmania’s roads, during the recent Easter holiday period. While Tasmania Police were quick to praise most motorists over the period, that’s still 43 people who were willing to take a risk, by drinking and driving. Plus, the 43 is mostly likely the tip of the iceberg, with many more people likely to have driven while over the limit but not getting caught.
Alcohol in Tasmania’s workplaces is a real problem
We know that alcohol in workplaces is a very real issue and, financially, not one to sweep under the carport.
For example, studies have shown that alcohol use is responsible for around five percent of all workplace deaths in Australia. Further research has shown that the misuse of alcohol costs Australian businesses billions of dollars every year.
So, if for no other reason, if safety is important in your Tasmanian workplace, you should be conducting alcohol testing to protect your bottom line.
Alcohol testing as part of a robust safety management program makes sense
If safety is important in your business, then conducting alcohol testing in your Tasmanian workplace is a vital part of any robust workplace safety plan. It’s simply another way of managing risks, specifically the risks associated with alcohol.
Workplace alcohol testing in Tasmania
If you’d like to organise alcohol testing for your Tasmanian workplace, give Integrity Sampling a call on 1300 SALIVA. We service much of Tasmania and have branches in Hobart, Devonport and Launceston.
Why should your business conduct alcohol testing in Tasmania? Credit Andrew Wallace https://www.flickr.com/photos/awphoto/4445404658/