• You need to be alert and in control
  • Alcohol affects vision, judgement, concentration, coordination and reaction time
  • Don't use machinery or dangerous tools if you've been drinking

'Don't operate machinery if you've been drinking'

Alcohol affects your vision, judgement, concentration, coordination and reaction time. That's why you shouldn't operate dangerous machinery or tools if you’ve been drinking. Things can and do go wrong. You need to be alert and in control to make sure that you're not putting yourself or others at risk.

Particularly hazardous machinery and tools include:

  • Wood processing machinery
  • Cutting tools
  • Electrical equipment
  • Farm machinery
  • Heating or burning tools (such as blow torches)
  • Ladders (anything that means you're working at heights)
  • Motorised machinery
  • Machinery with guards
  • Machinery with exposed moving parts.

The answer is to think ahead and plan ahead. Don’t drink if you know you are about to use dangerous machinery or tools. And always finish the job before having a drink!

Think ahead and plan accordingly to protect your safety. Do not drink alcohol if you are about to use dangerous machinery or tools.