DRUGS IN THE WORKPLACE.
Drugs in the workplace are a serious concern for employers and companies. Drug use costs Australian businesses billions a year in lost productivity and absenteeism.
For a company that operates transport vehicles, heavy machinery or have high risk working environments staff safety is paramount. However any company must provide a drug free workplace.
There are a number of ways of addressing drug use in the workplace. These include random drug testing or screening. Drug users can be very cleaver and innovative at concealing their drug use. Drug testing may identify if a person has used or is using drugs at the time of the test. A drug test does not identify where drugs are hidden around a workplace to be used at a later time or supplied to others. For example a drug user could conceal drugs in a company vehicle and then undertake a drug test that would prove negative. The employee could return to the vehicle and use the drug. This is very common when employees work alone. In many cases requiring an employee to undergo a drug test cannot be enforced. Drug testing of employees can be disruptive and can in some cases cause lost productivity.
Drug detection dogs are a very effective and cost competitive method of identifying drug use and cause minimal disruption.
Drug dogs present a high profile deterrent to employees and send a clear message that drugs will not be tolerated in the workplace. Drug dog use is proactive as opposed to drug testing which is reactive.
Drug detection dogs are able to indicate actual or recent presence of illegal drugs in work areas. Employers do not need consent to search their own premises or vehicles.
Reducing drug use in the workplace enhances a company’s reputation for safety.
Therefore the use of drug detection dogs can
Drug dogs can be part of a three pronged approach to combat drugs use in the workplace. Which is DETER, EDUCATE, TESTING. It will assist in showing that a company is using a comprehensive approach to eliminating risks to health and safety as required under Heath and Safety Legislation.
DRUG DOGS AND SCHOOLS Drug use by students is a serious concern for schools, other students and the community. Schools have an important role to play in tackling drug use among young people, as do parents, health professionals, police and other agencies. There is a reluctances for the government to use drug detection dogs in state schools even though new figures show that in some areas state schools have dealt with students up to 69 times in a year. Private schools do not have the same restrictions on use of drugs detection dogs it is the choice of the School.
DRUG IN RESORT COMPLEXES OR APARTMENT BUILDINGS RENTAL ACCOMMODATION
Drug dealers use apartments and rooms in resorts complexes to distribute drugs and in some cases manufacture drugs.They rent private property to use as drug manufacturing premises. The presence of drug dealers in theses premises is a concern to residents and guests. Tourists in particular want to know if the premises where they are staying is drug free. Parents do not want to feel that their children may meet someone who is making a dug purchase. Drug manufacture on private premises is very dangerous during the manufacturing stage but it also has the ongoing danger of drug chemicals being left in the rooms or waste areas and in some cases the chemicals can be absorbed in a rooms bedding, carpet or curtains. The use of drug dogs sends a clear message to guests and residents, that the possession and use of drugs is being monitored.
The regular use of drug dogs on random days and at different times is an effective means of presenting a high profile presence in these situations
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Queensland Drug Detection Dogs specialises in narcotic detection dogs. We are experienced about the illicit drug industry and the impact drugs have in the workplace and on society in general. This experience is essential in identifying or preventing drug abuse in your workplace, resort complex, apartment and rental property.
We also believe that education is a key element in the preventing of drug use or dealing in the workplace and the community. We believe that it is essential that your staff understand the importance of a drug free workplace. We can provide in addition to drug detection dogs a tailored training and education programmes for your staff.
We provide three levels of training and education workshops.
Employee training sessions
These training sessions are of about 90 minutes duration. They can be conducted at you premises in either a formal or informal setting (toolbox type talks) the sessions cover the dangers of drugs in the workplace, legislation and where applicable we can cover you workplace drug policy.
Management training sessions.
These sessions are approximately four hours duration. The sessions cover your duties under work health and safety legislation. Your obligations under drug legislation. Use of drug detection dogs. Your powers for having workplace searches.
We offer a community session that delivers the message about drug use to a wider group. These sessions are informative only and are not part of any enforcement procedure.