The WA Chamber of Minerals and Energy (CME) and its member companies have announced the introduction of industry-wide guidelines for alcohol consumption in on-site lodging establishments.
The Safe and Respectful Behaviors – Alcohol Industry Guidelines establishes a series of management and educational requirements that describe how alcohol consumption should be handled in accommodation establishments. This builds on drug and alcohol policies already implemented in industry workplaces, with greater consideration for adjacent work environments.
CME’s director of policy and advocacy, Rob Carruthers, said the directive reflected Western Australia’s mines and resources sector’s long-standing commitment to best practice in the physical and psychological safety of the workforce.
“This directive represents an important step in our industry’s work to be as safe as possible at all times,” he said.
“Over the past two years, several CME member companies have implemented their own alcohol limits. But it’s also very important that there are industry-wide guidelines that can be used in n any operation, promoting healthy behaviors that encourage a culture of moderation.
“Fundamentally, the guideline takes into account not only the experience of CME member companies working around alcohol, but also input from independent drug and alcohol experts 360Edge.
“Through its expertise in various industries, 360Edge has been able to provide invaluable advice on what best drinking practices should look like for WA’s mining and resource operations.
“Events of the last 18 months, including current events Parliamentary inquiry into sexual harassment against women in the mining industry FIFO, reinforced our commitment to providing safe and inclusive workspaces for all of the sector’s more than 156,000 employees.
“This industry guideline is another step in a process that revolves around continuous improvement.”
Wording of the Alcohol Industry Guideline has been a focus of CME’s Safe and Respectful Behavior Task Force for the past six months. The guideline includes:
- Implemented a four-drink limit for all accommodation residents in a 24-hour period, including take-out limits
- Prohibition of alcohol served in a form that encourages rapid consumption – such as shots or double servings
- Ensure availability of varied beverage strength operations served in accommodation establishments – e.g. low and medium strength beverages
- Ensure the availability of non-alcoholic beverage options, e.g. 0% beer, soft drinks and freely available water
- Ensure the availability of food options – such as snacks or hot meals – wherever alcohol is served
- Actively promote a culture of moderation and healthy food choices
- Make residents aware of the alcohol policy that applies in accommodation establishments
- Putting in place of educational material informing the residents of the accommodation facilities about the harmful effects of alcohol consumption.
Carruthers said CME will work with member companies over the coming months on the rollout of the Alcohol industry guideline.
“The directive will take some time to achieve wide-scale implementation, but it demonstrates a clear industry-wide commitment to raising standards,” he said.
“Some CME member companies have already led the way in adopting elements of the directive, and those that can practically implement it immediately will of course do so.
“CME has over 75 member operating companies that run operations of all shapes and sizes around WA and some of these may not be in a logistical position to implement the directive virtually immediately.
“We are also very pleased that the guideline is available for operations that do not fall under the CME banner.
“The ultimate goal of the guideline is that it helps WA mining and resources achieve positive safety and inclusion goals, and we will be happy to share it and the research behind it. , along with other industry advocacy groups.”