Conference to tackle industry drug, alcohol issues

ALL sides of the mining community, from management to training officers to operators, are being encouraged to attend a conference next year to promote prevention and management of substance abuse on the job.
Conference to tackle industry drug, alcohol issues Conference to tackle industry drug, alcohol issues Conference to tackle industry drug, alcohol issues Conference to tackle industry drug, alcohol issues Conference to tackle industry drug, alcohol issues

 

Donna Schmidt

After a successful inaugural year, the University of Utah will host its second annual conference for the mining industry on June 17 - 18, 2008 at its campus in Salt Lake City.

The event is organised by the institution's School on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies.

"Participants will learn about the use, misuse and abuse of alcohol and prescription, over-the-counter and illegal drugs in the workplace," organisers said of the technical sessions planned.

"[Guests] will increase their awareness of how using alcohol and drugs before, during and after the workday impacts the mining industry; recognise the signs and symptoms of substance misuse and abuse that impact the work environment; [and] identify the core components of a comprehensive drug-free workplace program."

Additionally, information on state and federal laws for both employers and employees will be covered in the presentations, along with the types of treatment available for workers.

There will be a diverse line-up of speakers, including:

  • David Litvin, Utah Mining Association;
  • Elena Carr, Working Partners for an Alcohol- and Drug-Free Workplace, US Department of Labor;
  • Kevin McCauley, Institute for Addiction Studies; and
  • James Hudson, Safety Solutions International, LLC.

Further information can be obtained from the department at the University of Utah.

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