Blueprint For A Safer Workplace

Maintaining a safe working environment is of utmost importance for any employer; this not only applies to the workforce, but also the surrounding public and anybody else who may be affected. The need for attention and consideration could not be more of a priority than within the already safety-conscious construction industry.

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.

Why Test?

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 public. It affects the whole business environment and puts those present at serious risk of harm. The construction industry is especially vulnerable to mistakes and accidents if employees are abusing drugs and alcohol due to the dangerous mix of machinery, waste products and manual handling.

Is There A Problem?

A survey conducted by the Considerate Constructors Scheme of over 1300 people working across the construction industry found that 65% have never been tested for drugs and alcohol.

Key findings from the survey:

  • 59% of people working across the industry have concerns over the effects of drugs and alcohol on the industry
  • A survey of over 1300 people working across the industry discovered that 59% have concerns over the effects of drugs and alcohol in construction, yet 65% have never been tested for drugs and alcohol
  • 39% admitted the issue of drugs and alcohol could be better tackled in their workplace
  • 35% have noticed their colleagues under the influence of drugs and alcohol
  • 23% agreed it affected them through decreased attention during work
  • 25% agreed drugs or alcohol affected them at work through tiredness
  • 19% agreed the effects made them less productive at work

We Recommend Regular Testing

Randox Testing Services believe it is the responsibility of the contractors, employers and employees alike to undertake regular drug and alcohol testing. This will help to eliminate problematic substance abuse in the construction industry.

As workplace drug and alcohol testing becomes more common it is important that testing service providers are equipped to meet the varying demands of different industries. At Randox Testing Services we possess a wealth of experience and knowledge that enables us to offer holistic packages to meet the needs of the customer. This knowledge comes from over 35 years of testing experience in the diagnostics industry and through our involvement with bodies that help shape testing legislation.

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