Reducing the hidden costs of alcohol and drugs in the workplace

Reducing the hidden costs of alcohol and drugs in the workplace

11 May 2017, 12:00 PM - 12:40 PM

Safety & Risk Solutions Theatre

English (Australia)

Alcohol alone is estimated to cost workplaces $6 billion per annum through the loss of productivity, absenteeism, accident and death; some industries are at greater risk than others.

Every workplace has a duty of care to provide employees a safe and healthy workplace; this includes the risks from either consumption of alcohol and/or drugs at work or when they are experiencing a hangover/come down (even when a drug may not be present in their body).  

The flow-on effect of alcohol and drug misuse has linkages into mental wellbeing, workplace bullying and sexual harassment. Culturally these can be damaging to an organisation.

  • Workers admitted to taking over 11 million days off work due to alcohol or drug use annually
  • 1 in 6 workers reported using an illicit substance
  • 6% attend work under the influence
  • 5% workplace deaths are due to alcohol and drugs

In this session, Natasha Jager from the Australian Drug Foundation will explore preventative measures organisations can introduce to create a safe and productive workplace.

Natasha Jager, National Manager, Workplace Safety, Alcohol and Drug Foundation


  • Natasha Jager


    National Manager

    Workplace Safety, Alcohol and Drug Foundation

    Natasha is an expert in the management of alcohol and drug issues in the workplace, with over fifteen years’ experience leading training, policy...

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