The University of Western Australia
This policy sets out the principles that guide the University's management of alcohol and other drugs by staff, students, contractors and visitors to the University. This includes the requirement to comply with Federal and State legislation as well as to the University's by-laws, statutes, regulations, rules and policies. The University expects all of its community members to be responsible citizens and appropriate behaviour is required when participating in University related activities including studying, teaching, conducting research and University related social functions.
For the purpose of this policy,
"University" is The University of Western Australia and for the purposes of this Policy includes the University Club, University Colleges and Guild as defined in the related Acts and By-Laws. It also includes off campus facilities such as sporting and recreational clubs.
"Drugs" are any substance that may result in physical, psychological or behavioural changes that may cause impaired performance, and include intoxicating products, licit medication (prescribed and non-prescribed) and illicit substances.
"Impairment" is the alteration of the normal physical or mental function, which results in diminished ability to perform tasks and activities in a safe manner.
"Supervisor" is a person who is assigned to provide guidance and direction for staff and students.
The University is committed to the provision of a safe, healthy and productive environment with a strong focus on the prevention of harm from alcohol and other drugs.
The University recognises that an individual's consumption of alcohol or other drugs may impair that person's ability to perform safely or productively and may negatively impact on others.
The University does not condone binge drinking or the excessive consumption of alcohol or other drugs.
Persons impaired by alcohol or other drugs are not to drive or operate University vehicles, boats or machinery and are not to work anywhere where they may come to harm themselves or affect the safety of others (e.g. in laboratories, workshops or other inherently hazardous locations).
The University contributes to the provision of a healthy and safe workplace in relation to alcohol and other drugs as follows:
Staff, students, contractors and visitors to the University have a responsibility to take all reasonable steps to ensure that their use of alcohol or other drugs does not impair their ability or that of others to perform safely and/or productively.
Staff and students' responsibilities include the following:
Supervisors' and Event Managers' additional responsibilities include the following:
Contractors' and Visitors' responsibilities whilst engaged in any University related activities include the following:
The use of alcohol and other drugs becomes a work health and safety issue if a person's ability to exercise judgement, coordination, motor control, concentration and alertness is affected at the workplace, leading to an increased risk of injury and illness to themselves and others. However other possible causes of impairment, such as fatigue and stress, should also be considered in any assessment.
If the behaviour of a member of staff, student, contractor or visitor relating to the use of alcohol or drugs is unlawful or is a breach of a University Statute, by-law, regulation, rule or policy, the provisions of the relevant instrument will reflect any action that may be taken as a consequence.
Supervisors and event organisers are required to identify and initially manage staff or students who are observed or reported to be impaired by alcohol and other drugs (refer to managing someone impaired by alcohol and/or other drugs).
The operators of licensed premises of an ongoing nature such as the Guild Tavern and The University Club on University land are required to undertake a full risk assessment, provide training to staff in responsible serving of alcohol and have a system for tracking and reviewing any incidents related to the consumption of alcohol.
The University administers the consumption of alcohol (liquor) on its sites under the terms of the Liquor Control Act 1988. The University also cooperates with the Liquor Licensing Division in issuing liquor permits and monitoring functions on University sites where alcohol is consumed.
Medical or other emergencies arising from use of alcohol or other drugs must be dealt with in accordance with the University's Emergency Procedures.
If a person is intoxicated or behaving in an unruly fashion as the result of consumption of alcohol or other drugs and is considered to pose a threat to people or property or a danger to themselves, contact the University's emergency number 6488 2222 for assistance.
If a staff member discloses the use of medication that may affect work performance, they are not required to disclose the illness for which the medication is being taken. Supervisors of staff are advised to contact Human Resources in this situation to discuss grounds for requesting a medical certificate. In the case of a student disclosing use of medication, their supervisor should discuss the matter with the Head of School.
Where the use of illegal drugs or criminal activity related to the use of alcohol or other drugs are identified, such matters will be referred to the Police by University Security.
Links to relevant legislation, University policies, guidance and other related external information are provided at https://www.safety.uwa.edu.au/health-wellbeing/health/drugs.
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Director, Human Resources