Managers should: In the days prior to the Christmas event, remind staff (by email or memo) about the expected standards of behaviour and the disciplinary consequences that may take place. This should see you reinforce your workplace’s WHS policy, EEO policy and Code of Conduct to all attendees.
Think Travel: How will workers travel to and from the function? Organise taxi’s to and from the event. Designate a driver or volunteer to be the non-drinker that could drive people to and then home from the event.
Food: Make food available from the beginning of the event so people aren’t drinking alcohol on an empty stomach.
Alcohol: Needless to say, consumption of alcohol is likely to be a key health and safety risk. Consider restricting the amount of drinks or the strength of drinks that are available. Always have non-alcoholic alternatives available.
Should an accident occur: Be prepared, know where to find the nearest first aid kit, know where to find the nearest defibrillator, know who your trained first aiders are. As alcohol is usually around, make sure someone sensible keeps everyone away from any incident. It is important that you follow your workplaces incident reporting and investigation process.
Of course, the end of year work party is supposed to be a fun time. So keep it that way. But actively working through a list and putting measures in place to prevent anything bad from happening is important as well. After all, we all want to spend our end-of-year holidays safe, happy and healthy, with our family and friends.
Tomorrow we will look at Festive/Holiday Food safety 🎅…..
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