Fitness for Work Policy
Our Policy Statement
It is our policy at Healthy Land & Water to ensure that we fulfil our obligations as an organisation and employer under Health and Safety legislation by ensuring that workers at our workplace are physically, emotionally and mentally fit to perform their duties, unaffected by drugs, alcohol or fatigue. This applies to employees, contractors and subcontractors. To achieve this, we are committed to providing and maintaining a working environment in which workers are not exposed to hazards arising from the use or abuse of alcohol or drugs either in the workplace or in other circumstances which may adversely affect the health and safety of themselves or others at work.
Our mission is to keep our people safe, healthy, physically, mentally and culturally, to provide and maintain a safe working environment for all, and to support employees through rehabilitation, approved programs, and counselling for emotional and mental well-being.
Our Aims & Objectives
We will strive to ensure that all workers engaged by this organisation, either as employees, contractors, members, volunteers, interns or visitors, are in a fit condition to safely carry out their work or visit, or that workers are not impaired in any way by the effects of alcohol, drug use or abuse or fatigue. To achieve this, no person will be allowed to enter a workplace or carry out work while under the influence of, or suffering from, adverse effects of alcohol or drugs. Fatigue risks associated with work hours will be identified and mitigation measures implemented with ongoing monitoring.
Instances of wilful abuse of substances, whether legal or illegal, or trafficking of substances that are illegal and/or detrimental to the safe conduct of work are prohibited and are cause for immediate termination of employment and removal from the workplace of the person/s involved.
Healthy Land and Water is committed to ensuring that we comply with the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 (the Act) and all legislative requirements and:
- Commence all actions to assist workers to stay at or return to work as soon as possible;
- Assist any worker who is injured or made ill because of their work to return to work in the shortest possible time provided, when it is safe and practicable to do so; and
- Provide suitable alternative work which will not jeopardise their well-being where practicable.
Employees are expected to:
- Assist and cooperate in ensuring that this policy is followed;
- Actively participate in the rehabilitation and return to work process as agreed between the organisation, themselves, their treatment provider, and their rehabilitation coordinator or case manager.