With the widespread availability of drugs and alcohol, there is an increased risk of substance abuse in the workplace leading to huge ramifications for a business and its employees. Jeopardising the safety of not only the user, but also their co-workers and in some cases the general public, it affects the whole business environment and puts those present at serious risk of harm.
An employee who is involved in the following drug and alcohol related activities can be considered a possible substance abuser:
As a major cause of workplace accidents, employers need to prioritise the management of substance abuse and reduce the potential impact. In addition employers have a duty to protect their employees under the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) which outlines that employers must ensure, as far as reasonably practical, the health, safety and welfare of their employees at work.
Consequences of knowingly allowing an employee who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol to continue working could lead to legal action being taken; under The Misuse of Drugs Act (1971) it is an offence for an employer to knowingly permit the use of controlled substances on their premises. Ultimately the responsibility lies with the employer.
Employee testing for misuse of drugs and alcohol can keep a business safe and legal with extra benefits including:
There are many situations where an employer may feel the need to carry out employee testing for drug abuse or alcohol misuse:
Employers have a legal responsibility to ensure the safety of all employees. To minimise the risks of incidents occurring as a result of drug abuse or alcohol misuse, testing can be conducted as long as a company:
With over 35 years’ experience in the diagnostics industry, we provide reliable, cost effective employee testing for a wide range of industries. Catering to all business needs we provide workplace drug and alcohol testing for pre-employment screening, random testing, for-cause testing, post-incident testing, and employee abstinence monitoring.
In addition with a variety of testing methods to choose from, the most comprehensive drugs of abuse test menu on the market, and our revolutionary Biochip Array Technology, we provide bespoke testing solutions guaranteed to meet your needs.
With a global network of collection officers Randox Testing Services provide workplace drug and alcohol testing to companies all over the world. Upon contacting us we will arrange a free consultation with one of our sales advisors to talk about your employee testing requirements, and put together a package tailored to your needs.
In addition, our comprehensive testing solutions can include guidance, advice and support with tailored packages to suit your needs. Our range of services includes:
Implementing an effective workplace drug and alcohol testing policy ensures employees can be tested for drugs and alcohol should the need arise. With our full consultancy service we assist you in creating, or modifying a new or existing policy to ensure a legally viable policy, as well as offering advice on how to introduce the new policy to employees.
We offer a range of educational services to increase the awareness of drugs and alcohol among employers and employees, as well as providing training to educate employers and management on the effects of substance abuse and how to identify the signs. In addition we offer chain of custody training to allow employers to conduct their own sample collections on-site.
We provide a medical review service which offers independent and expert examination of positive results under medical confidentiality. In some cases there may be a legitimate medical reason for positive results; this service ensures confidence in results by eradicating any wrongful conclusions being made.
We provide expert witness reports for use as professional and objective evidence in court. These reports are written by our trusted scientific experts, and provide a detailed outline of the test procedure and chain of custody process followed, along with interpretation of the results found.