Tradie safety first. Code of ethics with alcohol and drugs

Blog posts | 13.08.2021

Sally Tutill

Nurture Marketing Specialist at Kineo AU

Tradies have an extensive range of duties and responsibilities on site. The trades manager carries the biggest load of all with a duty of care and detailed procedures for the trades in their team. 

In Tradies National Health Month, we want to raise awareness of key workplace challenges and focus on WHS above all else. Here’s our trio of digital workplace training courses that we’ve bundled under codes of ethics; Alcohol and Other DrugsIncident Investigation and Managing the Discipline Process

Don’t be a statistic 

Global statistics on Alcohol and Other Drugs are sobering and contribute an enormous amount of serious injury, disease and premature deaths. Nearly 6% of all deaths each year are caused by alcohol and other drugs.

Safe Work Australia underlines the danger drugs and alcohol poses to trades with a think safe, work safe, go home safe slogan. Watch Jonno, a Carpenter on a worksite in ‘No place for drugs and alcohol’

Safe Work Australia adds:

“If you’re hungover or under the influence of drugs and alcohol, you run the risk of slowing your reflexes, taking shortcuts and making mistakes. This is particularly risky when working in high-risk environments like construction, where tools and machinery are being used.” 

Alcohol and Other Drugs is a short practical 40-minute digital training course on the importance of safety in the workplace. The elearning covers worker responsibilities in relation to alcohol consumption and other drugs that provide critical learnings to ensure tradie safety.

This piece of elearning has been created with subject matter expert (SME) The South Australian Network of Drug and Alcohol Services (SANDAS).

Involvement and management of incidents on site 

Incident Investigation online learning is a comprehensive piece of training for tradies in management roles - learn how to be confident with incident reporting from a workplace health and safety perspective.

If you are a tradie managing a team of workers, can you:

  • Identify hazards and the impact they have had on the incident under investigation?
  • Do you know who to notify and what to report when an incident occurs?
  • Do you know how to conduct an incident investigation?

When a process for discipline becomes necessary 

Tradie supervisor course, Managing the Discipline Process is designed to provide training in how to manage the discipline process with consistency and procedural fairness.  This course has been created with subject matter experts Thomas Geer Lawyers and tackles how avoid common mistakes and to:

  • manage the discipline process correctly by using ethical and legal reasons,
  • conduct a formal investigation,
  • conduct an employee interview, and
  • make a formal decision.

Browse our entire course library or use the search bar to find the courses you need to meet your workplace requirements. We’re here to help if you need further assistance with finding what you need for your tradie workplace learning journey.


Sally Tutill

Nurture Marketing Specialist at Kineo AU

Since the year immemorial Sally has exercised an avid passion for creativity with words, images and Pilates.  She is most content in the workplace when crafting enticing messages that inspire and engage.

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