Booze ban

Ex­mouth coun­cil to give up grog

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Perera

The Shire of Ex­mouth has be­come an al­co­hol-free lo­cal gov­ern­ment work­place af­ter last week in­tro­duc­ing a pol­icy pre­vent­ing the con­sump­tion of booze on Shire premises.

Shire of Ex­mouth in­terim com­mis­sioner Ian Fletcher in­tro­duced an al­co­hol-free work­place pol­icy at the Fe­bru­ary coun­cil meet­ing with the aim of im­ple­ment­ing bet­ter oc­cu­pa­tional health and safety stan­dards and sav­ing money that may oth­er­wise be spent on buy­ing al­co­hol.

Ex­mouth is be­lieved to be only the sec­ond lo­cal gov­ern­ment in WA to adopt the pol­icy af­ter the Shire of Chit­ter­ing.

Mr Fletcher said it would bring the Shire into line with a move­ment to­wards more re­spon­si­ble drink­ing prac­tices in modern work­places.

“This is be­com­ing con­sis­tent with norms with other or­gan­i­sa­tions,” he said. “There is a com­plete al­co­hol ban on any premises of (sev­eral ma­jor re­source com­pa­nies).

“That means you can­not con­sume al­co­hol on any of their premises.”

Mr Fletcher said the pol­icy would not stop Shire em­ploy­ees from hav­ing a drink out­side work.

WA Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Lynne Craigie said lo­cal gov­ern­ments were able to in­tro­duce poli­cies on al­co­hol and drug use to help them meet their em­ploy­ment and oc­cu­pa­tional health and safety OHS re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. “The is­sue of em­ploy­ees be­ing im­paired by al­co­hol or drugs at work is a very se­ri­ous one, and in the lo­cal gov­ern­ment con­text it is even more so when con­sid­er­ing the use of heavy ve­hi­cles out in the com­mu­nity,” she said.

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