Alcohol and other drugs in the Australian construction industry : A national evaluation and the best way forward

Williamson, Amy R. & Biggs, Herbert C. (2012) Alcohol and other drugs in the Australian construction industry : A national evaluation and the best way forward. In Occupational Safety in Transport Conference 2012, CARRS-Q, Queensland University of Technology, Gold Coast, QLD.

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Anecdotal evidence highlights issues of alcohol and other drugs (AODs) and its association with safety risk on construction sites. Information is limited however regarding the prevalence of AODs in the workplace and there is limited evidential guidance regarding how to effectively address it. This research aimed to scientifically evaluate the use of AODs within the Australian construction industry in order to reduce the potential resulting safety and performance impacts and engender a cultural change in the workforce. A national qualitative and quantitative evaluation of the use of AODs was conducted with approximately 500 employees. Results indicate that as in the general population, a proportion of those sampled in the construction sector may be at risk of hazardous alcohol consumption and support the need for evidence-based, tailored responses. This is the first known study to scientifically evaluate the use of AODs and potential workplace safety impacts in the construction sector.

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ID Code: 28977
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: construction, occupational health and safety, alcohol and other drugs
ISBN: 9781921897535
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (111705)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Occupational Safety in Transport Conference and QUT
Deposited On: 15 Jan 2013 02:44
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2013 05:40

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