From 1 December 2014, the breath alcohol limit for drivers aged 20 years and over lowers from 400 micrograms (mcg) of alcohol per litre of breath, to 250mcg. The blood alcohol limit will reduce from 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, to 50mg. This, and the fact that we are entering "the silly season", is a good reminder of employer responsibilities around health and safety especially in relation to drinking and driving. If your Motor Vehicle Policy specifies an alcohol limit, make sure you update this to reflect the new legal limits.
Research indicates that driving ability is impaired after consuming any level of alcohol. If your staff drink during work (or work-related functions) encourage them to find an alternative way to get home rather than driving. When planning Friday drinks or work related functions, be a responsible host - consider the safety of employees affected by alcohol and call them a taxi, arrange a van to take people home, or implement a roster of sober drivers. Otherwise, you may be held liable for what happens to staff who attend the function and then fail to keep themselves safe, or who cause harm to others.
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