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Employers urged to enforce random drug and alcohol testing

A supplier of police-approved drug and alcohol testing equipment is urging construction firms to enforce random workplace drug and alcohol testing in an effort to reduce both fatal and non-fatal injury at work.

Employers urged to enforce random drug and alcohol testing

According to AlcoDigital, each year, drugs and alcohol cost British businesses around 17 million working days and more than £6 billion in lost productivity.

In the construction sector alone alcohol misuse is estimated to affect 90% of construction firms.

A third of employees admit to being hung-over at work and 15% confess to have been drunk in the workplace. The supplier said it’s no surprise that resulting problems, for example lack of concentration, reduced productivity and errors, are more common than ever in the workplace.

Suzannah Robin, AlcoDigital sales and training director, said: “In the UK there is no legal requirement for employing organisations to implement alcohol policies, however health and safety at work legislation requires both employers and employees to maintain a safe working environment.

“We would like to encourage employers to adopt a contract clause for random testing. With this in place it forms basic consent agreement for the employee and may make staff more wary of consuming large amounts of alcohol before entering the workplace.”

Alcohol is a factor in up to one in four workplace accidents and the construction industry is one of the highest risk industries even without alcohol getting in the way.

For further advice regarding drug and alcohol testing in the workplace contact AlcoDigital on 0208 454 7372 or visit www.alcodigital.co.uk.

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Fiona Russell-Horne
Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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