The Considerate Constructors Scheme has focused its attention on Alcohol and drugs in the UK construction industry 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 and all these studies are available on the Best Practice Hub of the scheme’s website.
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 and a huge 35% of respondents had noticed colleagues under the influence. It is clear action must be taken across the industry to ensure workforce safety, health and well-being on sites and in companies throughout the UK.”