Minerals industry welcomes Kronic ban
Posted: 28 June 2011
The NSW Minerals Council welcomed the NSW Government’s decision to ban the sale of all synthetic cannabis herbal smoking products.
“While the minerals sector has been raising potential health and safety concerns about the use of Kronic, it’s not peculiar to our industry and is an issue for the whole community,” NSW Minerals Council CEO Dr Nikki Williams said.
“Safety is the mining industry’s number one priority. We are concerned by the use of any substance, legal or otherwise, that can impair a person’s ability to work safely or that would risk the safety of their colleagues or members of the community.
“The minerals sector has rigorous drug and alcohol testing regimes and fitness for work policies in place. It is important that polices and regimes are regularly reviewed, and where necessary, adapted to capture any new and potentially harmful drugs such as synthetic cannabinoids.
“That’s why the industry has acted, through Coal Services Pty Ltd, to set up systems to test for the substance in the coming weeks. The NSW Minerals Council has also advised member companies to consider clarifying fitness for work policies with the workforce so there is no doubt about their effect.
“We are pleased the NSW Government has acted quickly to address this emerging issue in the interests of the whole community.”