No amount of training can reduce the effects of a member of staff being intoxicated at work. That’s where drug and alcohol testing comes in.
More and more businesses are investing in a drug and alcohol free workforce. Whether it’s a pre-employment screening, or a random check. Ensuring that your staff are free from any inhibitants when they’re at work could save time, money and, crucially, lives.
Our testing is available as a one-off, or as part of a yearly package, depending on what type of service would best suit your business andit’s workforce.
Random drug and alcohol testing is one of the best ways to ensure that your employees are working in a safe environment.
Many studies show that random testing is effective in reducing accidents and incidents, ill health, absenteeism and litigation, all of which have an impact on business productivity.
Random testing can protect employees, as well as the business, and choosing the right service provider can save you thousands of pounds in lost revenue and help safeguard your health and safety measures.
With a random drug and alcohol testing policy in place it will be made clear to employees that random testing can be undertaken with short or no notice, and exactly who is to be tested will be unknown by the workforce.
This conforms to all the relevant legislation but greatly reduces the chances of employees using tactics to avoid testing, or change their habits in time to escape a positive result during the testing detection time if they are abusing substances.
What Does the Law say?
As outlined by the Health & Safety Executive (source):
Abuse of alcohol, drugs and other substances can affect health, work performance and safety. As an employer, you must ensure the health, safety and welfare of your workers in the workplace. Here are some things to consider:
- Workers also have a duty to take reasonable care of themselves and others who could be affected by their actions while they are at work
- You may wish to involve organisations that can offer help and support, or give your workers their contact details
- If you decide that strict standards are needed because of safety-critical jobs, then agree procedures with workers in advance
- If you decide that workplace drug testing is appropriate, you may need to consider the type of testing, how the sample is collected and how to prevent its contamination
- Disciplinary procedures may be needed where safety is critical