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What is an Employee Assistance Program

What is an Employee Assistance Program

The origins of the EAP (Employee Assistance Program) go all the way back to the 1930’s when occupational alcoholism was rampant in the workplace and employers noticed how this type of behaviour impacted productivity and morale within the workplace.
1 month ago 18 Views
Naloxone: Should we have it in the workplace?

Naloxone: Should we have it in the workplace?

What is Naloxone? Naloxone is a drug used to temporarily reverse an opioid overdose. It works by blocking drugs such as heroin and oxycodone from attaching to the opioid receptors in the brain. A very handy drug to have access to but should we also have it in the workplace?
By Medinat Australia 2 months ago 24 Views
Is Fentanyl in the Australian Workplace?

Is Fentanyl in the Australian Workplace?

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid and is prescribed by medical practitioners as a powerful medication for pain management. There are two types of fentanyl - pharmaceutical fentanyl and illicitly manufactured fentanyl. The fentanyl crisis in the US began back in 2012 in Dayton Ohio with a series of unexplained deaths, which were in actuality accidental drug overdoses. By 2015 the crisis had taken hold with over 250 people in the same region dying each year from fentanyl drug overdoses. In the US experts are referring to it as mass poisoning rather than a drug epidemic. Highlighting the lethal and insidious nature of fentanyl.

2 years ago 334 Views
Which Medical Gloves Are Better: Nitrile Or Latex?

Which Medical Gloves Are Better: Nitrile Or Latex?

When purchasing gloves for the workplace, whether it be for drug testing or additional use cases, there’s often concern around which is more effective: latex or nitrile.

While they are both suitable options for protection, depending on a range of factors, including the environment or allergies, one may be a more appropriate solution than another.

2 years ago 272 Views
Taking a Temperature with an Infrared Thermometer

Taking a Temperature with an Infrared Thermometer

Using infrared technology, a forehead thermometer measures the surface temperature of the skin without requiring the test administrator to touch them. Non-contact infrared thermometers or NCITs provide a safe, contactless way to test temperature in the workplace. Read on to learn how to use an infant thermometer.

2 years ago 218 Views
Maintaining Safe Working Practices During COVID-19

Maintaining Safe Working Practices During COVID-19

Safe Work Australia has updated policies regarding work safety during COVID-19. From implementing physical distance measures to using contactless solutions to check temperature, there are a range of methods you can implement in the workplace to keep employees protected and minimise their risk of infection.

2 years ago 231 Views
The Developing Opioid Crisis in Australia

The Developing Opioid Crisis in Australia

Here in Australia, deaths from unintentional drug overdoses that came from opioids, such as oxycodone, codeine and heroin, had increased 38% between 2001 and 2017. Disproportionate numbers were noted in regional Victoria and New South Wales.

2 years ago 208 Views
It Isn’t No Holiday: Drug Testing After COVID-19 Working from Home

It Isn’t No Holiday: Drug Testing After COVID-19 Working from Home

Long-term isolation has a profound effect on our mental and physical health. While long-term isolation has been known to cause a host of issues, there is another underlying issue that may rear its head: alcohol and drug abuse and dependency.

2 years ago 212 Views
The Different Reasons Why Employers Complete Workplace Drug Testing

The Different Reasons Why Employers Complete Workplace Drug Testing

When deciphering what is most appropriate for your business, you’ll need to carefully consider your company’s circumstances and the main reasons for testing. Are you testing to improve safety and productivity? Or are you weeding out high risk individuals to maintain the integrity of your workforce?
2 years ago 236 Views
Who Can Drug Test Employees at Work?

Who Can Drug Test Employees at Work?

To ensure standards are upheld throughout the procedure, only certified Drug and Alcohol Screening Officers can administer a drug test at work. These types of professionals are usually engaged from an onsite workplace drug testing company, accredited by NATA.