Developing a Policy

The first step will be to identify the risk factors in your workplace and to think of potential responses. Remember that effective responses are likely to involve strategies in areas of the:

  • ‘Drug’ (what are you doing about availability?)
  • ‘Individual’ (what are the risk factors associated with your workforce) and
  • ‘Environment/context’ (what are you doing to ensure a safe workplace; what workplace factors increase risky alcohol/drug use?)

You will also need to be mindful of the legislative context.

  • Is your policy consistent with relevant laws and occupational safety and health legislation?