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Even if a company
doesn't introduce full random drug testing, they often opt for testing
when there is a problem - such as accident or incident
based testing or "for cause" testing when there are reasonable
grounds to suspect a person is unfit to do their duties due to drink
The frequency of
random drug and alcohol testing can be determined by the employer
based upon a number of factors, such as the nature of the business,
demographics of their staff or factors relating to the culture of
the business - e.g. a culture of lunchtime drinking. Some
businesses conduct as little as 5% random screening (i.e. only 5% of
staff are drug tested once per year having been randomly selected),
whereas other businesses may insist that everyone is screened at
least once per year or more. It depends upon cost, health and
safety considerations and their
own drive to enforce a drug free workplace.
How to start
random drug and alcohol screening
in your workplace
testing in the workplace is relatively simple to put into place and can be
implemented without much expense. Random drug and alcohol testing of employees
can be carried out on-site for less than £10 per employee.
All you need to do
is write a drugs and alcohol policy - which is essentially the
company's views on drugs and alcohol, what is acceptable, what
isn't, and what are the consequences of breaking the rules - along
with procedural advice. Many businesses have discussions with
staff and union representatives to ensure that the policy was
developed in consultation.
If this process is
too time consuming or too specialised for your staff, we can write your policy for you as consultants, or review your draft
document to ensure that it is legally defensible and user friendly.
Our long term experience really can make a significant difference to
your policy and allows you to implement it swiftly.
Once you have a
finished policy document, it is time to issue a copy of this to your
staff with an implementation date. As long as the policy start date is
further away than their contractual notice period, when the start date
arrives, the policy has become part of all employees' terms and
conditions of employment. At that point, if it is your policy
that staff undergo random drug testing or testing in accident /
incident or "for cause" situations, then failure to comply
constitutes a failure to undertake a reasonable request which may
have disciplinary consequences up to and including dismissal.
should be every company's goal to remove the substance from the
individual, rather than the individual from the workplace, so
assistance for those who come forward to seek it is essential.
To reinforce a
random drug testing policy it is also wise to train managers in
drug awareness so that they can recognise the signs and
symptoms of abuse and know exactly how to deal with the situation
should it arise. Most of our corporate customers opt for a
half day training session for their managers.
testing page or
alcohol testing page for information on the products
and services that can be used for employee screening or
for detailed comprehensive advice and a quotation to suit your
See also our article on
Workplace Drug Testing