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Wilful Blindness: Why are companies shying away from workplace drug testing?

Posted by John Wicks on Feb 8, 2018

Many businesses underestimate just how widespread substance abuse is. Around 1 in 12 adults aged 16 – 59 have used drugs in the last year. When we narrow the demographic to 16 – 24 years, that figure rises to 1 in 5.

The fact that 30 million of us also consume alcohol on a frequent basis means your business is probably already affected by substance use, whether you know it or not.

This has legal implications under Common Law and The Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974, The Transport and Works Act of 1992 and The Misuse of Drugs Act of 1971. The Health and Safety at Work Act makes it illegal, for instance, to knowingly allow an employee who is ‘under the influence’ to continue their working day.

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What do you find when you test 57000 professional drivers for drugs?

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Aug 3, 2017

In March 2016, the Brazilian government introduced new legislation that required all professional drivers to submit a hair sample for toxicological testing when joining or dismissed from haulage companies, or when obtaining or renewing their driving licence. The $100 test is paid for by the drivers themselves.

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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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