Employees working in manufacturing and construction are at a higher risk of safety due to the nature of their jobs. Alarmingly, construction workers are six times more likely to be killed at work than employees in other industries. Fatal injuries are largely a result of falling from height, with others prevailing in contact with machinery or electricity, or being struck by a moving object or vehicle.
Employers have a responsibility to care for the safety of their employees and can face personal liability for preventable occupational accidents under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act (2007). As a result, companies should have a stringent health and safety policy in place to minimise risks of incidents occurring.
With the widespread availability of drugs and alcohol, and the adverse effects they have on an individual’s perception and behaviour, inclusion of a workplace drug and alcohol testing policy is recommended for manufacturing and construction businesses.
Conducting workplace drug and alcohol testing is a proactive way to engage in health and safety measurements and ensures adherence to legal requirements as laid out by the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974).
There are many rules and regulations specific to employers and employees in the manufacturing and construction industries including:
Employee testing should be carried out with all employees across manufacturing and construction companies to ensure incidents from drug or alcohol abuse do not occur. This is especially important for employees involved in safety critical roles.
Randox Testing Services provide employee testing for a wide range of manufacturing and construction workers including:
At Randox Testing Services we recommend regular testing; research carried out in the USA found that companies who conducted workplace drug and alcohol testing on both their employees and prospective employees experienced a 51% reduction in work-related injuries within 2 years of implementing a drug and alcohol testing policy. Within the manufacturing and construction industry drug and alcohol testing protects the employees, employers, associated partners, and customers.
To assist you in conducting employee testing we offer reliable drug and alcohol testing solutions. With a
variety of workplace testing options, and a range of services to support drug and alcohol screening, we ensure your testing needs are met.