According to a recent survey, recreational drug use is on the rise among employees, causing resources employers to seek new ways to mitigate the impact of this increase.
During July and August 2016, the AMMA conducted an anonymous survey of 53 Australian resource employers to collate information on the latest drug and alcohol testing policies and procedures.
The AMMA Drug and Alcohol Testing Survey 2016 gathered results across all resources sub sectors including oil and gas, maritime, construction, metalliferous and coal mining, mineral processing, and exploration.
As Australia’s national resource industry employer group, AMMA members span the entire resources value chain.
Out of the employers surveyed, 65 per cent had a zero-tolerance approach to drugs and alcohol in the workplace. Meanwhile, 26 per cent of employers took a harm minimisation tactic, which involves reviewing each situation on a case-by-case basis.
The most popular workplace screening method was urine testing with 90 per cent of respondents using this form of detection. The second most common was breath testing with 88 per cent of employers stating this was used at mine sites across Australia. Less popular was saliva testing with 41 per cent of employers claiming they used this practise.