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Preventing harm as summer approaches

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As the season of festivities and fun in the sun approaches, November is a good time to remind employees about the risks of the summer.

Alcohol: This risks include the danger of alcohol harm, including while they're at the work 'do'.

For messages about reducing alcohol-related harm, see our various alcohol resources that could be useful for your workplace:

  • Put up Helpseeker posters and leave a flyer where people can pick it up.
  • Encourage people to take the drink test to see if their drinking is okay.
  • Many of us don't know what a standard drink is - this interactive tool tests your ability to pour a standard drink.
  • Adapt and use these articles about acting responsibly at work parties in your workplace communications, or one about how people can host responsibly.

As a good employer, it could also be timely to remind yourself and those organising work functions how to be a responsible host.

And if that's got you thinking about your workplace alcohol policy, or your lack of one, Wellplace can help. Get ideas on how you can take action to improve your workplace culture around alcohol.

Also, see how Fletcher Construction approached a review of its alcohol and other drugs policy.

White Ribbon Day: Also, White Ribbon Day is in November – what can you do to show your workplace stands against violence towards women?

Being SunSmart: SunSmart messages bear repeating, as sunburn does more than just sting. New Zealand has some of the strongest UV radiation in the world and each year skin cancers kill around 500 New Zealanders - more than die on our roads.

We have SunSmart facts you can use to educate your people, as well as resources and  articles with SunSmart messages you can adapt for your own workplace communications.

You can also install the Sun Protection Alert on your own intranet and website to help your people know when to be SunSmart.


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