Monday, 25 April 2016

Statistics show that problems associated with alcohol & drug use is increasing

Many drugs including alcohol can seriously affect your ability to work safely a long time after consumption. 

The immediate effect of drugs can last for anything from 10 minutes to 24 hours. However they can be detected for anything up to 30 days. 

Do not get drunk the night before and expect to work safely the next day. Alcohol takes time to work out of your system (1 pint will take approximately 2 to 3 hours) 

50% of all drivers killed are over the legal limit. Don’t drink and drive 

35% of all fatal accidents are related to alcohol 

You are far more likely to have an accident on site when under the influence of alcohol or drugs. People with drink or drug problems are four times more likely to have accidents at work. 

Everyone has a responsibility to act if they become aware that drugs or alcohol are affecting safety at work of themselves or others. If you know somebody is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, tell your manager or supervisor.

 There are many over the counter and prescribed medications that can affect your ability to work safely, including cold and allergy medications and many painkillers. If you are taking medication, tell your manager.