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Oral-fluid drug testing: Are you fit for work?

The implementation of an appropriate and effective drug testing policy and procedure can sometimes be controversial. Currently, the debate about oral-fluid testing versus urine testing is a hot topic...

new standard for drug testing has been release

Revised standard for drug testing in saliva

A revised standard for drug testing in saliva has been published to improve the reliability of results, confidence in the testing and ultimately improved safety. AS/NZS 4760:2019, Procedure for...

Appeal on dismissal drug & alcohol policy

Nurofen Plus sacking upheld by Fair Work Commission

A recent decision by the Fair Work Commission to not reinstate a worker after he was sacked for taking Nurofen Plus on the job has shone a light on the need for employee compliance with direction...

FIFO Workers

Major Health Issues Associated With FIFO

With FIFO culture comes a range of health issues. FIFO workers work long shifts and experience isolation as they work away from their families and friends.

Mining industry on board with substance abuse program

RioTinto is one of a number of companies that have endorsed and utilised a new program to assist with substace abuse. Sideffect Australia has developed a Substance Abuse Program aimed to educate...


Increased drug use poses testing challenges on mine sites

Mining companies are feeling the pressure to manage the impacts of drugs and alcohol in the workplace as recreational drug use increases, according to national survey results released this week. The...

Breath Test For Drugs One Step Closer

A team of researchers in Sweden claim to have developed a reliable test that can detect drugs in a person’s system through a sample of their exhaled breath. A majority of mines in Australia currently...

Older Australians Drink More Than Those Under 30

Older Australians Drink More Than Those Under 30

Contrary to popular stereotypes, Australians aged under 30 drink slightly less than those over 30, according to new research. The latest findings from Roy Morgan Research show that 66% of Aussies...

CFMEU Announces Policy On Impairment In The Workforce

CFMEU Announces Policy On Impairment In The Workforce

The mining sector’s peak union body yesterday announced they had, for the first time, developed a policy to address “impairment” in the workforce. The Construction, Forestry, Mining...

Police Raids Uncover Bikie Drugs Headed For Mining Towns

Police Raids Uncover Bikie Drugs Headed For Mining Towns

Raids on several properties linked to a bikie gang uncovered over a quarter of a million dollars worth of drugs that police believe were headed for mining towns in Central Queensland. According to...

AMSJ April 2022