Tack­ling al­co­hol at work

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

IN a bid to boost worker health and safety and on-site pro­duc­tiv­ity, Vic­to­ria Park-based Holyoake has launched a train­ing pro­gram tar­get­ing the harm­ful use of al­co­hol by WA con­struc­tion ap­pren­tices.

Fit4Work has been tai­lor­made by Holyoake in con­junc­tion with the Mas­ter Builders As­so­ci­a­tion and the Con­struc­tion Train­ing Fund, which will sub­sidise the train­ing for el­i­gi­ble work­ers.

Holyoake chief ex­ec­u­tive Angie Paske­vi­cius said the col­lab­o­ra­tion was sparked to ad- dress the neg­a­tive im­pact al­co­hol was hav­ing on con­struc­tion ap­pren­tices, em­ploy­ers, and the wider in­dus­try and com­mu­nity.

“This Fit4Work train­ing pack­age was de­vel­oped as part of our suc­cess­ful Well­be­ing@Work pro­grams in re­sponse to dis­turb­ing Aus­tralian re­search that re­vealed two in three con­struc­tion ap­pren­tices are drink­ing al­co­hol at harm­ful lev­els,” she said,

“Given the na­ture of the work th­ese ap­pren­tices are do­ing, their safety and those of their col­leagues is a big con- cern. We are con­fi­dent this pro­gram will con­trib­ute to turn­ing around this trend.”

Mas­ter Builders As­so­ci­a­tion direc­tor Michael McLean said ap­pren­tices were a vi­tal part of the con­struc­tion in­dus­try and the as­so­ci­a­tion wanted to do ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to en­sure a safe en­vi­ron­ment for them.

“This two-hour train­ing pro­gram de­vel­oped and to be de­liv­ered by Holyoake, will play an im­por­tant role in rais­ing aware­ness among ap­pren­tices and their em­ploy­ers about al­co­hol­re­lated is­sues,” he said.

Mas­ter Builders As­so­ci­a­tion direc­tor Michael McLean, Holyoake chief ex­ec­u­tive Angie Paske­vi­cius and Con­struc­tion Train­ing Fund ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Ralph Daw­son.

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