Why Carry Out Employee Testing in the Construction and Manufacturing Industries?

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.

Effects of Drugs and Alcohol May Include:

    • Impaired awareness
    • Lack of concentration
    • Sudden incapacity
    • Impaired balance or coordination
    • Restricted mobility

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).

Rules and Regulations

    There are many rules and regulations specific to employers and employees in the manufacturing and construction industries including:

    • Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 outline that principal contractors must prepare, develop and implement a written plan to lay out health and safety rules. Often these will state that consumption of drugs and alcohol is prohibited
    • Employees in the construction and manufacturing industries are constrained to a number of different regulations including the Road Traffic Act (1988) and the Transport and Works Act (1992) which outline that drivers cannot exceed statutory limits of drug and alcohol consumption
  • Did You Know?

       

      • Heavy alcohol use in the manufacturing industry is reported at 9.5%, well above the national average of all industries at 8.8% (SAMHSA, 2015)
      • Nearly 1 in 7 workers in the construction industry has a serious alcohol problem (ASCE, 2001)
      • Drug and alcohol abuse accounts for 50% of all workers’ compensation claims within the manufacturing industry (DOL, 2011)

Who Should Be Tested?

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:

    • Roofers
    • Sheet metal workers
    • Carpenters
    • Building inspectors
    • Drywall installers
    • Mason
    • Machine operators
    • Tradesmen

We Recommend Regular Testing

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.

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