Transport & Logistics
This is a bustling industry sector with unique challenges and one which is growing in the UK and Europe.
In the transport and logistics industry, health and safety is undoubtedly one of the main priorities in the management of workforces. Drug and alcohol testing is important to ensure safety in the workplace, protection of the public, compliance with regulations and safeguarding of employees.
Drug and alcohol testing helps protect the safety of colleagues, contractors and passengers.
Transport and logistics companies have a responsibility to ensure employees and contractors are safe and fit to work. It may be a criminal offense to be driving or in charge of a vehicle while over the prescribed limit of alcohol, or to have a concentration of a controlled drug above the specified limit.
Infractions of this nature may result in a company receiving large fines, paying compensation claims and employee tribunals. Moreover, the current corporate manslaughter legislation underscores the significant emphasis on the managerial responsibility for the well-being of employees. This encourages employers to implement comprehensive drug and alcohol policies, inclusive of rigorous testing programs, as a proactive measure to reduce risks.
SureScreen Diagnostics is an expert in drug and alcohol testing services and has a range of products that are compliant with the Drugs & Alcohol standard (NR/L2/OHS/00120).
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It is advisable to adopt a policy that explicitly articulates a firm and transparent stance on the presence of illegal substances or acceptable levels of legal substances in an employee’s system. Frequently, individuals may underestimate how drugs lingering in their system can impair performance for days post-consumption. The presence of such substances in the body should serve as sufficient grounds to prevent them from operating a vehicle or machinery.
A comprehensive policy not only decreases accidents, long-term illnesses, and compensation claims but also reduces insurance risks, while providing guidance for employees. This approach helps employers steer clear of an ambiguous stance regarding the impact of both recreational and dependency drug use on an individual’s role at work. By prioritising the measurability of substance abuse, a policy can help shield a company.
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