Alcohol and drugs in UK construction industry placed under spotlight
Alcohol and drugs in UK construction industry have been placed under the spotlight by the Considerate Constructors Scheme after a survey has revealed that 59% of people working across the industry have concerns over the effects of drugs and alcohol on the industry.
The Scheme’s new ‘Spotlight on…’ campaign focuses on taking measures to protect and safeguard the entire workforce in relation to drugs and alcohol.
A recent survey of over 1300 people working across the industry discovered that 59% have concerns over the effects of drugs and alcohol in construction, yet 65% have never been tested for drugs and alcohol.
The survey, which was conducted by the Considerate Constructors Scheme in May 2016 also revealed that:
- 39% admitted the issue of drugs or alcohol could be better tackled in their workplace
- 35% have noticed their colleagues under the influence of drugs and alcohol
- 25% agreed drugs or alcohol affected them at work through tiredness
- 23% agreed it affected them through decreased attention during work
- 19% agreed the effects made them less productive at work.
Many contractors, suppliers and clients of the industry undertake rigorous and regular measures to tackle this issue including zero tolerance to drugs and alcohol, random testing, providing information on drugs and alcohol through toolbox talks, site inductions and resources such as on-site posters.
A number of Scheme-registered contractors have provided case studies on how they tackle this issue, including: A-one+ Integrated Highways Services; Ardmore Construction Ltd;Ballymore; Bowmer & Kirkland; Interserve; Jerram Falkus; John F Hunt Demolition Ltd; John Sisk & Son Ltd;Mick George Ltd; and Mulalley & Co Ltd. All case studies are available on the Best Practice Hub.
Edward Hardy, Chief Executive of the Considerate Constructors Scheme said: “Maintaining a safe working environment is of the utmost importance for any employer; this not only applies to the workforce, but also the surrounding public and anybody else who may be affected.
“Spotlight on… drugs and alcohol is an essential read for everyone, as the Scheme’s latest industry survey revealed 59% of respondents agree that drugs and alcohol are issues of concern. It is clear action must be taken across the industry to ensure workforce safety, health and wellbeing on sites and in companies throughout the UK.”
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