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Drug testing for professional drivers: The global picture

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Jun 15, 2017

Occupational drug use is of concern in any profession, but when the employees are driving heavy vehicles for long distances and at high speed, even a momentary lapse in concentration could lead to the most serious of consequences – for the driver, their employers, and most importantly, other road users.

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Drug testing for pilots: The rules around the world

Posted by John Wicks on May 9, 2017

Think “airline pilots”, and a number of descriptors may spring to mind: reliable, trustworthy, calm under pressure and methodical being just a few. “Intoxicated” may not be the first word that you think of, but in 2016, FAA figures revealed that one pilot a month failed a drug or alcohol test over the preceding five years.

In December 2016 alone, the press picked up on two separate incidents over 8,000 miles apart. In Canada, Sunwings Airlines pilot Miroslav Gronych was escorted off the plane he was set to fly to Cancun, and found with blood alcohol levels over three times the legal limit for driving a vehicle. In Indonesia, a Citilink pilot was banned from flying pending an investigation after slurred announcements before take-off and security footage of him appearing to stagger through a security checkpoint.

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A history of workplace drug testing in the UK

Posted by John Wicks on Apr 25, 2017

Across the globe, drug testing is mandatory in many workplaces: a 2013 report from HireRight claimed that 78% of US employers have a drug and alcohol testing programme in place, with a Quest Diagnostics report from 2016 showing that positive drug tests in US workplaces have recently climbed to a ten-year high.

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The ethics of hair drug and alcohol testing

Posted by John Wicks on Mar 22, 2017

Following the death of 13-month old Kayleigh Mae Cassel from a drug overdose, the State Senate of New York has approved legislation which introduces hair testing for young children whose parents or guardians have been arrested on a drug use charge. The goal is to establish whether or not the children have been given or exposed to drugs, and hopefully prevent further cases like Kayleigh Mae’s.

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