Drugs and alcohol

Gratton, Dave
November 2005
New Zealand Tree Grower;Nov2005, Vol. 26 Issue 4, p36
This article provides information on solutions to the problem of drug or alcohol impaired workers in forestry companies in New Zealand. The inability of drug or alcohol impaired workers to thick clearly in a dangerous situation, and whose responses were unpredictable, have been placing their fellow workers in danger of being hurt and injured. A pre-employment test for all new employees generally removes 70% of applicants who do not turn up for the test. Reasonable cause testing usually follows an incident, or when there are reasonable grounds to suspect the ability of the worker to perform their job safely. Random testing has been harder to implement but a number of firms have done so, and called it reconfirmation after the initial pre-employment test.


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