Changes to the Commonwealth Building Code 2013 require contractors to have a comprehensive policy for managing drug and alcohol issues in the workplace.
The changes apply to Commonwealth-funded projects that meet the financial thresholds outlined in the code.
Principal contractors must ensure that all people engaged to perform building work on site are subject to testing including their own employees, subcontractors and their employees, and others.
The random testing for drugs and alcohol must be completed at least once a month on workers at the cost of the principal contractor.
The fitness-for-work policy must outline how a person who returns a positive test will be prevented from performing work until they can prove they are fit to return to work and other processes that will apply in the event of a positive result or deemed positive result. This applies whether or not the medication is prescribed.
The fitness-for-work policy must be included in the principal contractor’s WHS&R management plan and can be altered on a project-to-project basis provided it complies with the minimum requirements outlined in the Building Code.