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Key messages

Employers need to ensure that all drivers and operators understand company policy and procedure on:

  • health and safety;
  • use of drugs and alcohol; and
  • the penalties for failing to follow instructions and safe working practices.

Health and safety standards

Think about what you need to tell new employees about the job, for example:

Drugs and alcohol

Employers, managers and supervisors should never allow anyone who is unfit through drink or drugs (prescription, over-the-counter or illegal) to drive any vehicle.

A contract of employment should state your company policy on the use of drugs and alcohol; this should include evidence that random testing has been considered. The policy statement should allow workers to report their use of prescription and ‘off-the-shelf’ medication.

Updated 2013-03-18