Drug and Alcohol Testing

Note; before introducing Drug & Alcohol Testing employers should adopt a substance misuse policy, in consultation with their staff.

Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
It is an offence under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 for any person knowingly to permit the production, supply or use of controlled substances on their premises except in specified circumstances (e.g. when they have been prescribed by a doctor)………..…..under the Road Traffic Act 1988 and the Transport and Works Act 1992, drivers of road vehicles must not be under the influence of drugs while driving, attempting to drive or when they are in charge of a vehicle. http://www.hse.gov.uk/alcoholdrugs/index.htm

Drug and alcohol misuse can lead to sickness, accidents, lateness, absenteeism, depression, reduced work rate, poor performance, safety concerns, bad behaviour and poor discipline. Drug and alcohol misuse can have a negative effect on team morale and employee relationships.

Under the framework of your policy OHC Consultancy’s trained Technicians can carry out Drug/alcohol testing using non-invasive methods; a breathalyser for Alcohol and a Urine sample for Drug Analysis. OHC Consultancy can test

  • As part of the Pre-employment/new employee process, either testing before the employee starts working for a company or during a probation period.
  • As part Random testing scheme.
  • For Cause; as a result of an incident in the workplace or changes in a person’s behaviour, which strongly suggest drug/alcohol misuse.

The Drug Test

The Standard Drug Test Kit used report the presence of 10 drug types.

  • Cocaine
  • Amphetamines
  • Methamphetamines
  • Cannabis
  • Methadone
  • Opiates
  • Barbiturates
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Buprenorphine
  • Ketamine

If a sample is found to contain a potential illicit drug, the technician is trained to pack and dispatch the sample to a laboratory for further testing under “Chain of Custody” conditions to establish if  it is an illicit drug or if the result has been affected by prescribed or over the counter medication.  This method of sample collection and testing is of a sufficient standard that the result could be defended in an employment tribunal or court of law.

Drug-driving will become a specific offence punishable by up to six months in prison and a £5000 fine under tough new laws being proposed by the Government

© Reviewed 16th February 2018