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[Cansford says] Random drug and alcohol testing could be brought in for council staff

Posted by John Wicks on Oct 5, 2018

Medical staff, the armed forces, professional drivers, pilots - in certain professions, drug testing just makes sense. In such safety-sensitive roles, workers under the influence of drugs or alcohol could not only put their own lives at risk, but the lives of the general public too.

But should such testing be mandatory for anyone, in any workplace?

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IOSH Conference 2018: 4 key takeaways

Posted by John Wicks on Sep 28, 2018

September 17th and 18th saw the Cansford team decamp to Birmingham for a few days for the 2018 IOSH Annual Conference. Organised by the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, the two-day event featured a varied programme with topics that spanned risk management, the contribution of OSH to productivity, litigation and legislation, and more: areas with which our work in workplace drug and alcohol testing is closely aligned.

Before the event, we shared our thoughts on the talks not to be missed. But the insights we gained weren’t just from the talks: our learnings also came from other exhibitors, visitors to our stand, IOSH management and others.

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Why speed is of the essence for workplace drug tests

Posted by John Wicks on Jun 20, 2018

When it comes to workplace drug testing, the speed at which a test is carried out - and analysed - might not seem like a top priority. But it should be.

The longer it takes for a sample to be collected, tested and analysed, the more it costs your company - in more ways than you might imagine.

In the world of workplace testing, many industries tackle this by using point of care tests such as urine, saliva or sometimes blood tests to get almost instant results. That may be appropriate if you are trying to establish if an employee is under the influence at the time of testing. But no good if you are trying to establish a pattern of usage which is what hair tests are good at.

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Workplace testing and the global workforce: where you can and can't do drug and alcohol testing

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Apr 10, 2018

For multinational businesses, the issue of workplace substance misuse is particularly hard to handle. Even the best-organised teams can’t micro-manage employees across the globe – especially if staff only work on short-term contracts or operate remotely.

The solution, then, is writing and implementing a clear SAMP (Substance and Alcohol Misuse Policy) that applies to teams across borders. This policy should be supported by a POT (Programme of Testing) that sets out a clear rationale and process for implementing tests in different workplace situations.

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There’s one small problem: while the importance of workplace testing is accepted in most regions, the legal permissions and workplace cultures around testing employees change from country to country.

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Toxicity and toxic work cultures: How to prevent workplace drug and alcohol use from damaging your business’ DNA

Posted by John Wicks on Mar 28, 2018

The phrase “toxic workplace” is used with growing frequency – with Lululemon and Uber the latest high-profile examples of businesses rocked by employee bad behaviour.

While toxic workplaces don’t necessarily point to drug misuse, drugs and alcohol are often contributing factors.

Their use is undeniably damaging to businesses. According to the NCADD, employees who drink excessively are nearly three times more likely to suffer injury-related absences than their sober colleagues. Increased absenteeism, reduced productivity, poor health and safety and, ultimately, loss of profits are the net effects of substance misuse within organisations.

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