Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing can help increase productivity. Also, it can reduce absenteeism and ensure you are compliant with health and safety law. A drug and alcohol testing programme should always support a robust drug and alcohol policy.
Drug and alcohol testing is done to improve safety in the work environment. In many situations, people who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol at work will put themselves and others at risk. Companies run these tests to deter people working on their sites from using drugs and alcohol at work.
What are the Benefits?
Promotes a safe working environment.
Reduces absenteeism, accidents and downtime.
Promotes employee health through identification of those requiring referral and support for drug and alcohol issues.
Supports legal compliance and obligation
What is the most common test?
Urinalysis – A urine test is the most common form of pre-employment testing and is typically conducted once a conditional offer of employment has been sent. A urine test can show traces of drug use even after the effects of the drug have worn off and remain in the body for an extended period of time. An alcohol breath analyser can detect alcohol levels within 1 minute.
Do I need a Policy?
Employers have a legal duty to protect employees' health, safety and welfare. Implementation of a drug and alcohol policy can assist in managing health and safety risk and support employees with a drug or alcohol problem where applicable.