It is estimated that in the UK, 14m working days are lost to hangovers, absenteeism or alcohol related illnesses each year,costing Britain’s economy billions of pounds.
Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, it is stated that employers have to provide a safe working environment for their staff. This includes ensuring they do not knowingly allow an employee to work when impaired by alcohol or after using illegal drugs. Within the maritime and rail industry testing is compulsory and is necessary as a regulatory requirement, however in the rest of the workforce it is recommended, not mandatory.
Many companies are choosing to implement testing within their health and safety policies and ensure that this is set out in each employees contact of employment and staff handbook. A recent article from the BBC has highlighted the fact that workplace testing in the UK has become more prevalent over the last 4 years.
AlphaBiolabs is a UKAS accredited company for hair drug, alcohol and DNA who can also provide workplace testing solutions. Our services include random drug and alcohol testing, pre-employment drug and alcohol screening, with-cause drug and alcohol screening, post-incident drug and alcohol testing and abstinence monitoring. In addition we also offer a number of test methods – on site dip drug test, drug & alcohol testing (hair), alcohol testing (breathalyser) and drug & alcohol testing (urine).
Whatever your requirements we at AlphaBiolabs are confident that we can provide a solution suitable for your industry and your employees. For further information please call our dedicated team on 0333 600 1300 or read more here.