This Week in the Market edition 151 – 3 October 2017

In today’s This Week in the Market, drug and alcohol testing in the workplace, children in the Market today and tomorrow, and a reminder about respecting our cleaners.

Market News

Drug and alcohol testing in the workplace

The MMA recently held a drug and alcohol awareness training program for managers and one of the key discussions was the introduction of drug and alcohol testing in the workplace.If a business wants to introduce workplace drug and alcohol testing, there are a few points which need to be considered first.

Businesses must have a drug and alcohol policy and procedures in place before testing is introduced. It’s also important employees are educated about the terms of your policies and procedures, and are aware that testing will take place.

The strengths and limitations, costs and potential unintended consequences, as well as the benefits, also need to be considered.

For more information regarding drug and alcohol testing, as well as establishing a drug and alcohol policy for the workplace, visit Integrity Sampling Drug & Alcohol Management Solutions here.

You can also access WorkSafe Victoria’s Guide for Developing a Workplace Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy here.

Children in the Market this week

A reminder children will be visiting the Market with their family members or guardians today and tomorrow.

Please be mindful of their presence and ensure you operate an electric vehicle safely at all times.

Respect for cleaners down the loo

No one likes to use a messy toilet, and keeping them clean and hygienic takes a lot of effort.

When you see a toilet closed for cleaning please use alternate facilities in the area or the Unisex toilets which will endeavour to be made available during these times.

Please respect our cleaners by obeying the signs and using an alternate facility.

Safety in the Market

Keeping pedestrians safe on the Buyers’ Walk

If you operate an electric vehicle on the Buyers’ Walk it’s your obligation to drive safely, stay within the speed limits and park your vehicle appropriately.So where can you park your vehicle? Electric vehicles must park on the edge of the carriage way. They are not permitted to park on or across the pedestrian paths or in the centre of the electric vehicle lanes.

The image below demonstrates safe and unsafe parking.

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Industry News

2018 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award applications open

Applications are now open for the 2018 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award, Australia’s leading award in acknowledging and supporting the essential role women play in rural and regional businesses, industries and communities.

Each state and territory winner receives a $10,000 bursary for innovative ideas and projects, access to professional development opportunities and alumni networks.

Applications close on 29 October 2017. 

For more information on the awards and who can apply, visit here.

Key Dates

Children in the Market

  • Tuesday 3 October 2017
  • Wednesday 4 October 2017

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