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Health & safety: the misuse of alcohol in the workplace

Health & safety: the misuse of alcohol in the workplace

report of a one day joint workshop for environmental & health education officers inthe northern region

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Published by Health Education Council in London .
Written in English


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Cover title.

Statementedited by Loraine Ashton.
ContributionsAshton, Loraine., Health Education Council.
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  Health and safety tips for Alcohol Awareness Month Only one in six adults say a healthcare professional has ever discussed alcohol use with them, and workers with alcohol problems are times more likely to have injury-related absences.   Over 10% of people admit to using Oxycontin or Vicodin at work outside of medical need at work. Codeine, Adderall, and Ritalin all had similar rates of use in the workplace, hovering at a little over 8%. Those who work from home at least part of the time are more likely overall to abuse drugs or alcohol than those who work in an office.

Statistics from the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission suggest one quarter of accidents and 15% - 30% of all fatal accidents at work involve employees affected by alcohol. Where one in five persons experience problems with alcohol, the issue of drug and alcohol use at the workplace is significant. During recent years, the misuse of nicotine, alcohol, prescribed medications, over-the-counter drugs and illicit psychoactive substances have increased dramatically, resulting in health and socio-economic problems - to which every health care professional will need to recognize and n by an experienced author and lecturer, this five part text presents an introduction to drug and Reviews: 6.

Identifying and Responding to Substance Abuse in the Workplace This sample presentation is intended for presentation to management. It covers both alcohol and illegal drug abuse. It is designed to be presented by an individual who is knowledgeable in the area of substance abuse, safety & health as well as employee and labor relations. The Workplace and Alcohol Problem Prevention Paul M. Roman, Ph.D., and Terry C. Blum, Ph.D. Paul M. Roman, Ph.D., is a distinguished research professor of sociology and director of the Center for Research on Behavioral Health and Human Services Delivery, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia.


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Work Stress and Alcohol Use Michael R. Frone, Ph.D. Employees who drink heavily or who abuse or are dependent on alcohol can undermine a workforce’s overall health and productivity. To better understand the reasons behind employee abusive drinking and to develop more effective ways of preventing problem drinking.alcohol or drug use at work • availability at work – some workers may be more exposed to the risk of alcohol consumption at work such as working in licensed premises for instance.

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