Information for employers

Under the Workplace Health and Safety Act 2011 and Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (VIC), an employer has a general duty of care towards employees and others who may be present in the workplace.

The employer is responsible for:

  • providing a safe workplace that ensures employees and others on the road are not exposed to unnecessary risks
  • giving employees information, instruction, training and supervision to enable them to work in a safe manner
  • consulting with employees to reduce alcohol and drug related harm
  • ensuring that their policies are applied on a consistent and fair basis.

Some simple steps companies can take to reduce the harm associated with alcohol or drug misuse include:

  • Providing a policy that is comprehensive, tailored and supportive.
  • Communication so that employees know about the policy, understand what it means and know where to access help. 
  • Education on how alcohol and other drugs can impact workplace safety and the length of time that substances can stay in your body.