03 May 2016Are you concerned about drug or alcohol use on a project?

It has come to FWBC’s attention today that young workers including apprentices and second and third year tradespeople are being encouraged to take ice and methamphetamines on a private building project.

FWBC has notified the relevant law enforcement and workplace health and safety agencies.

In addition, contractors who are covered by the Building Code 2013 are reminded that they have responsibilities in relation to management of drugs and alcohol on all building projects.

For private sites, contractors are required to have a work health safety and rehabilitation system that shows the way in which drug and alcohol issues in the workplace will be managed to help ensure that no person attending site to perform building work does so under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

For sites that meet the threshold for Commonwealth funding, mandatory random drug and alcohol testing is required at least monthly.  The Building Code 2013 requires particular substances to be tested for, including methamphetamines and ice. Minimum requirements are set out in Schedule 3 of the Building Code 2013. Further information is available here.

Contractors are audited by FWBC Investigators in relation to their compliance with the Building Code 2013, including their management of drugs and alcohol issues.

Contractors, workers and others who are aware of building sites with drug and alcohol issues are strongly encouraged to report these issues to FWBC, as well as other relevant authorities.  

For more information, or to discuss these issues with FWBC, contact the hotline on 1800 003 338. You may remain anonymous if you wish.