Why Carry Out Employee Testing on Emergency Service Employees?
Emergency service employees are responsible for the safety of the general public; bound by rules and regulations, police officers, fire and rescue teams, ambulance crews, and life boat crews have ultimate responsibility in ensuring public safety.
With each role including a variety of activities from driving, to providing medical assistance, and generally saving people’s lives, the consequence of drugs and alcohol misuse includes not only a danger to the employee, but their fellow co-workers and the general public.
A proactive approach in minimising risks associated with employee abuse of drugs and alcohol is to carry out employee testing; essential to ensure public safety, testing for substance abuse reduces the chances of serious incidents occurring.
Rules and Regulations
Emergency service employees have a responsibility to present themselves fit for duty. To ensure this is enforced, there are rules, regulations, and procedures in place which must be adhered to by all employees. In regards to drugs and alcohol, there are specific limits in place to ensure limited to no consumption of drugs and alcohol before or during work.
Rules and regulations vary across each sector and region within the emergency services industry. The following are some known limits across the industry in the UK: