Full Training Package

What is in the Training Package?

The Training Package, incorporating the training film “JUST NOT AT WORK, MATE” was designed to assist trainers in presenting the Building Trades Group Drug and Alcohol Program’s short course on Alcohol and other Drug Safety in the Workplace. While it has been designed for and achieved great success in the construction industry, it has been clearly demonstrated that it can be adapted and used in a wide variety of workplaces and settings.

This Training Package is designed to assist trainers in presenting the Building Trades Group Drug and Alcohol Program’s safety messages on alcohol and other drug safety in the workplace.

It is also an effective resource for anyone who has responsibilities for maintaining safety standards and preventing accidents, or is concerned with drug and alcohol problems in any workplace or industry.

It contains:

  • Trainers guide and speakers notes, with suggested timing.
  • The “Just Not at Work, Mate” Program training film, a hard hitting and highly acclaimed training film which follows the stories of Snake, a brickies labourer, and Troy, an apprentice carpenter whose drinking and drug taking is affecting their ability to work safely, and creating problems in their personal lives. It also features the story of Greg, a construction site manager with a gambling problem. The film looks at how these problems are recognised as safety issues and dealt with through the implementation of the Building Trades Group Drug and Alcohol Program and its workplace policy. It also follows the progression of Snake, Troy and Greg’s problems and highlights the treatment services offered by Foundation House, the Construction Industry Drug And Alcohol Foundation Treatment Centre which is located in Rozelle in Sydney’s inner west.
  • PowerPoint slide presentation (provided on a data disc) containing 15 slides relating to the training film, including the identification of problems, how they are dealt with using the Program’s workplace policy, and information on the services available at Foundation House and how to access them.
  • Program Outline/Policy and Safety Committee Guidelines document (to be printed off the data disc provided).
  • Course Evaluation/Assessment Form (to be printed off data disc provided).

The Training Course

The Program’s training course was designed so that it may be presented as a 2 hour component of any existing industry training course, or as a stand alone module for presentation as a specialist workplace drug and alcohol training course. The course can be presented on-site or in an off-site training environment in the construction or any other industry. Beyond the construction industry the training course is an effective resource for anyone who has responsibilities for maintaining safety standards and preventing accidents, or is concerned with drug and alcohol problems in any other industry or workplace.

The training course features a showing of the “Just Not at Work, Mate” training film (on DVD) which runs for 22 minutes and covers the identification of alcohol, drug and gambling problems, how they affect a person’s ability to work in a safe manner, and how they are dealt with using the Program’s Policy and its intervention techniques. The film also outlines the rehabilitation and treatment services available at Foundation House, the construction industry’s specialist alcohol, drug and gambling treatment centre, how they are implemented and how they can be accessed.

The overall goal of the training course is to teach industry personnel how to identify safety problems related to alcohol and other drug use, to understand, and where necessary, contribute to the process of dealing with the problem, including making the Safety Committee aware that a worker is behaving in an unsafe manner and needs to be removed from the job.

The training course is especially useful for Safety Committee members or other key industry personnel. They need to be able to recognise safety problems related to drug and alcohol use, and take immediate steps to deal with the problem, including removing a dangerously effected worker from the job. They also need to be able to explain the drug and alcohol safety policy to workers; and to refer workers who want help to suitable agencies. In order to do this effectively, they need to be aware of their own attitudes and prejudices to drug and alcohol use.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course the participants should:

  • be aware of the background, principles and policy of the Program
  • recognise cultural, health and occupational factors influencing drug and alcohol use
  • recognise safety problems in the workplace that may be related to drug and alcohol use
  • be willing to inform the Safety Committee in the case of a worker being affected by drugs or alcohol
  • Safety Committee members and other key industry personnel should be able to immediately respond to a worker dangerously affected by alcohol or other drugs by removing the worker from the workplace
  • be aware of their own attitudes and prejudices to drug and alcohol use
  • be aware of options for referral and assistance for workers with drug and alcohol problems

Course outline

The course is made up of 13 session/modules, and should take around 120 minutes, depending upon the amount of discussion.

How To Use The Trainers Notes


The Training Package contains detailed and easy to follow instructions on how to present the course, including directions on when to show the DVD, the schedule and timing of the PowerPoint slide show, discussion topics and questions designed to encourage group participation and important points that need to be stressed.

The Trainer’s notes assume that the person presenting the course has an understanding of the target group and the industry in which they are presenting the course, as well as experience in presenting workplace training. The course needs to be presented in the language of the industry and use examples that people will recognise.

Because the Program deals with attitudes as well as information, it is important that participants have a chance to express their points of view and discuss their own experiences. This is necessary for people to recognise their own attitudes, and be aware of how the issues apply to themselves. This means that Trainers should involve course participants by asking questions rather than telling them the “answers”; and encourage everyone to participate in the discussion.

Experience in the alcohol and other drug area also indicates that some people will deny how alcohol or other drugs affect them, and attempt to put down other people who raise questions. When this happens in a course, Trainers should acknowledge the different points of view, and continue the course. Remember that you are a Trainer not a counsellor or therapist.

Preparation/trainer note

It’s worth watching the training film a couple of times before you first use it.