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The workplace drug testing rules around Europe

Posted by John Wicks on Jan 9, 2019

Workplace drug testing in Europe is a tricky business.

The European Convention on Human Rights guarantees the right to personal privacy, but waives it for cases involving public safety, the prevention of disorder and crime, or the protection of health and morals - among others. Further directives state that employers have a duty to ensure the health and safety of workers (at the employer’s cost), and they must consult workers on questions related to health and safety at work. Employees, meanwhile, are obliged to inform their employers of any serious and immediate danger to safety and health in the workplace - including their own.

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Workplace drug testing: Interview with Frank Bellwood

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Nov 26, 2018

In the UK, the demand for workplace drug and alcohol testing is on the rise. A 2017 article from theEuropean Pharmaceutical Review reveals that the UK testing market is worth £167m – a figure set to rise to £231m by 2019.

While much of the UK’s testing, they say, is used within child protection cases, “workplace drug and alcohol testing is an area of high growth and exciting potential”.

It’s certainly an area that we’re being approached about more frequently than before – and with that in mind, we sat down withFrank Bellwood from our business development team – and a police officer primarily on drug squads for 35 years before that - for his thoughts on the industries using workplace drug testing, the current testing legislation and the impact of implementing such programmes.

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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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