Workplace Program

The Workplace Program is a drug and alcohol education program run by the Drug and Alcohol Committee of the Building Trades Group of Unions in NSW. The aims of the Workplace Program are to improve safety on building sites by teaching workers to take responsibility for their own safety and that of their fellow workers in relation to drug and alcohol use ; and to inform workers with drug and alcohol problems of their available options.

While the Program has made substantial gains over its 18-year history in providing education and awareness in the workplace, access to, and availability of, appropriate treatment programs was restricted due to waiting lists and limited places in an already-overcrowded public health system. To address this, the Drug and Alcohol Committee established the registered charity Construction Industry Drug and Alcohol Foundation which subsequently opened Foundation House as the treatment facility.

The Program achieves its mission by:

  • increasing the construction industry’s personnel’s awareness of health and safety issues related to the use of alcohol and drugs in the workplace
  • referring workers with problems to Foundation House
  • educating workers, Safety Committee members and delegates on the content and methods of implementation of the BTG Drug and Alcohol Policy, using a specially designed training course presented in Safety Committee training, on-site induction courses, and to apprentices in TAFE colleges
  • Training Package
    The Training Package is an effective resource for anyone who has responsibilities for maintaining safety standards and preventing accidents, or is concerned with drug and alcohol problems in any workplace or industry. It contains:

  • Trainers guide and speaker notes, with suggested timing
  • “Just Not at Work, Mate” Program training film, a most informative, hard-hitting and highly-acclaimed training film. The film follows the stories of Snake, a brickies labourer, and Troy, an apprentice carpenter, whose drinking and drug-taking is affecting their ability to work safely, and creating problems in their personal lives. It also features the story of Greg, a construction site manager, who has a gambling problem.
  • PowerPoint slide presentation containing 15 slides related to the training film, including the identification of problems, how they are dealt with using the Program’s workplace policy, and information on the services available at Foundation House and how to access them.
  • Program Outline/Policy and Safety Committee Guidelines document
  • Course Evaluation/Assessment Form
  • By the end of the course, participants should:

  • be aware of the background, principles and policy of the Program
  • recognise cultural, health and occupational factors influencing drug and alcohol use
  • recognise safety problems in the workplace that may be related to drug and alcohol use
  • be willing to inform the Safety Committee in the case of a worker being affected by drugs or alcohol
  • Safety Committee members and other key industry personnel should be able to immediately respond to a worker dangerously affected by alcohol or drugs by removing the worker from the workplace
  • be aware of their own attitudes and prejudices to drug and alcohol use
  • be aware of options for referral and assistance for workers with drug and alcohol problems
  • More Information
    To get more information or place an order for any training films, go to the Building Trades Group Drug and Alcohol Program website.