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Addiction and Mental Health in the Workplace

  • Alcohol and Drug Use in Alberta’s Oil and Gas Industry provides information on substance use in Alberta’s oil and gas industry. The report examines alcohol, illicit drug use and prescription pain medicine use. Understanding the rates of substance use within this industry may help employers and industry leaders respond more efficiently to their employees’ needs.
  • Facts About Alcohol Use by Oil and Gas Workers in Alberta
    This infographic is a comparison of alcohol use between all workers in Alberta and oil and gas workers.
  • 10 Facts about Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Use
    This infographic is a comparison of substance use between all workers in Alberta and construction workers.
  • Substance Use in the Alberta Construction Industry
    The 1-pager outlines key statistics about alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug use in the Alberta construction industry. The information was taken from the Workplace Addiction and Mental Health in the Construction Industry Final Technical Report.
  • A study of addictive behaviours and mental health in the Alberta workforce
    The Institute of Health Economics has conducted a study of addictive behaviours and mental health in the Alberta workforce. The study, published in 2011, is a replication of two previous studies undertaken in 1992 and 2002, with the addition of mental health indicators. The project consisted of surveys of 2,817 Alberta workers and 363 employers working within various industries and occupations.
    • Key Message Profiles - Along with the Institute of Health Economics, we have developed some short key message profiles that outline the main findings from this research.
      • Profile 1 - Prevalence of Addictive Behaviours
      • Profile 2 - Prevalence of Mental Health Problems
      • Profile 3 - Prevalence of Concurrent Disorders
      • Profile 4 - Addictive Behaviours by Type of Industry and Occupation
      • Profile 5 - Mental Health Problems by Industry and Occupation
      • Profile 6 - Job Factors Associated with Addictive Behaviours and Mental Health Disorders
      • Profile 7 - Addictive Behaviours and Employee Productivity
      • Profile 8 - Employee Access to Employee Assistance Programs and Financial Support
      • Profile 9 - Substance Testing and Responses to Workplace Incidents Involving Drugs and Alcohol
  • Online Addictions and Mental Health Workplace Resources
    The report provides a variety of resources dealing with workplace addiction and mental health that are available online
  • Workplace Addiction and Mental Health in the Construction Industry: A Literature Review
    Recognizing the importance of mental health in the workplace, the former Alberta Mental Health Board (now Alberta Health Services) formed a Steering Committee with key representatives across Alberta’s construction industry to determine how to address addiction and mental illness among construction workers. A sub-committee (working group) was created to lead the first task of completing a comprehensive scan of the current state of addiction and mental health in the construction industry, which includes a review of available literature and online resources and an analysis of available human resources and benefits data. This document represents the literature review portion of the project.
  • Workplace Addiction and Mental Health in the Construction Industry in Alberta: Final Technical Report
    To build and sustain economic growth, the construction industry faces numerous challenges, many of which directly or indirectly relate to the health and wellbeing of its labour force. Realizing the importance of maintaining a healthy workforce, Alberta Health Services partnered with key representatives from Alberta's construction industry to assess and address addiction and mental illness in the workplace using a phased approach. This report summarizes the results of the first phase, which examined the demographic and service utilization profile of employees accessing Employee and Family Assistance Programs (EFAP) through two, large-scale Alberta organizations and the second phase, which examined construction industry data from the Institute of Health Economics (IHE) 2011 study data of addictive behaviours and mental health in the Alberta workforce. The report provides information about prevalence of alcohol use, tobacco use, illicit drug use, gambling, major depressive disorder, anxiety, and suicidal behavior, as well as information regarding the demographic and service utilization profile of employees accessing EFAPs.
  • Workplace Addiction and Mental Health in the Construction Industry in Alberta: Summary Report
    This report is a summary of the key elements of the Workplace Addiction and Mental Health in the Construction Industry Final Technical Report.
  • Employers can struggle with decisions respecting the safe deployment of workers who are using medically authorized marijuana. Construction Labour Relations – Alberta solicited a review of this issue which resulted in a resource document, Marijuana and the Safety Sensitive Worker, along with this Appendix.
  • Delivery and Evaluation of a Mental Health Promotion Intervention for Alberta Workplace Supervisors and Managers
    The Institute of Health Economics delivered and evaluated a standardized workplace mental health workshop. This report presents the findings from the evaluation. Survey results showed strong evidence for the quality of the workshop, good evidence for participant learning and positive but limited worksite changes after the workshop. The report recommends that this or similar standardized workshops be made available for workplaces across Alberta and calls for continued evaluation of initiatives.