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New restrictions on drinking for FIFO workers in Western Australia amid reports of sexual harassment and assault


Workers arriving and departing will be limited to four alcoholic beverages per day during their stay in the workplace in Western Australia according to an industry-wide policy.

The WA Chamber of Minerals and Energy announced on Monday recommendations for alcohol consumption in residential areas following reports of sexual harassment and assaults in the sector.

In addition to the four-drink limit, glasses and double servings will be prohibited.

Low and medium strength beers will also be available, as well as non-alcoholic options such as zero percent beer.

Snacks and hot meals will also be available wherever alcohol is served.

The Guide to Safe and Respectful Alcohol Behavior is based on the drug and alcohol policy already in place in the workplace.

“Over the past couple of years, several CME member companies have imposed their own limits on alcohol,” said CME Director of Policy and Advocacy Rob Caruthers.

Camera iconFIFO workers will be limited to four alcoholic beverages a day. Credit: Supplied

“But it’s also very important that there are industry-wide guidelines that can be used in any surgery, encouraging healthy behaviors that encourage a culture of moderation.

“It is important that the leadership takes into account not only the experience of CME member companies on alcohol, but also the contribution of independent experts in the field of drugs and alcohol 360Edge.

“Events over the past 18 months, including the ongoing parliamentary inquiry into sexual harassment of women in the FIFO mining industry, have strengthened our determination to provide safe and inclusive jobs for all more than 156,000 employees in the sector.”

The guide also aims to promote a culture of moderation and healthy food choices, as well as informing people about the harmful effects of alcohol consumption.

Mr Carruthers said CME would work with companies “in the coming months” on the deployment.

“Leadership will take some time to achieve large-scale implementation, but it demonstrates a clear commitment by the entire industry to raising standards,” he said.

“CME has more than 75 member operating companies that carry out operations of all shapes and sizes around the WA, and some may not be in a logistical position to implement leadership almost immediately.”

The final report of the parliamentary inquiry is expected to be presented next month with a number of recommendations.


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