Supportive Work Environment – Alcohol and Other Drugs

Take a Comprehensive Approach to Addressing Substance Misuse

A substance is any product that alters your physical or mental capacity. Some of the most common substances we use include caffeine and alcohol but it also includes prescription medications and illicit drugs. If your workplace does not have a substance use policy and plan, it would be wise to consider creating one.  To help [...]

Promote Rethink Your Drinking: Size Matters

All across the province of Ontario, people are hearing the message that size does matter…at least when it comes to the serving size of a standard alcoholic drink.  Consider sharing information with your employees on responsible alcohol consumption.  A dedicated website called Rethink Your Drinking is a great resource for information and materials that you [...]

Alcohol Awareness – Information for Employees Who Are Parents Too

Employees who are parents of youth have a lot to juggle.  What may be weighing on their minds at work is their children.  Support your employees by sharing information that helps them in their parenting.  The Ontario Injury Prevention Resource Centre has two resources available for parents on alcohol and youth.  There is a 16-page [...]

Be Aware of Opioid (Narcotics) Use

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) reports that that 40 percent more workers have been prescribed narcotics compared to ten years ago. There have also been 100 per cent more narcotic prescriptions over that same time. Since 2006, the doses prescribed by physicians have also increased. A new graphic video by the Centre for Addiction [...]

Workplace Parties–Being a Responsible Host

Many workplaces host parties to celebrate events and certain times of the year. At some of these parties, alcohol will be served. There are risks and liabilities if you are a host, organizer or sponsor of an event where alcohol is served. It is important that you take steps to protect your employees and guests (and [...]

Flexible Schedules Allow for Counselling

Develop flexible scheduling policies that allow employees to attend substance misuse programming or counselling sessions as needed.  The adjusted work day and flex-time policies allow employees to work the standard number of hours on a daily basis, with flexible start and finish times within limits established by management.  More flexibility means that employees are able [...]

Host a Responsible Party

Planning an event for employees to celebrate the festive season or a productive year?  If alcohol will be part of that event, make it a safe event.  Contact the Peterborough County-City Health Unit for a Workplace Party Pack.  The kit includes information about low risk drinking guidelines, safe hosting tips and employer liability.  Call the [...]

Consider Offering an Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Employee assistance programs are here to help.  Make sure that your staff has access to an Employee Assistance Program that can provide employees with counselling and additional tips for dealing with interpersonal conflicts.   Source:  Brant County Health Unit