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Health and Wellbeing. Pre-employment drug testing for white-collar roles

Posted by John Wicks on Mar 4, 2019

Cansford Labs are looking forward to exhibiting at the Health and Wellbeing at Work exhibition in Birmingham on the 5th and 6th March. Our focus this year is on pre-employment drug testing: why it’s important, and how we can help you implement it.

While the common misconception is that drug abuse is a blue-collar problem, the statistics paint a different picture.

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Why you should use oral fluid and hair testing for workplace drug tests

Posted by John Wicks on Feb 20, 2019

When it comes to workplace drug testing, two of the most common test methods are hair and saliva. While both are highly effective, they serve different purposes and offer different types of insight into drug or alcohol usage.

One allows you to test for historical usage up to 12 months, the other detects drug use within the previous few days - and that’s not the only difference. So which should employers use?

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Workplace drug testing programmes: Key considerations

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Feb 13, 2019

Substance abuse is a perpetual problem that continues to linger in many businesses. Aside from high-risk industries, however, UK law puts the onus on firms to devise and develop their own drug and alcohol policies.

It’s telling, then, that only 21% of UK employers currently have a strict drug and alcohol policy in place. One problem could well be that businesses don’t know where to start. Developing a robust and legally defensible drug and alcohol policy that not only satisfies the company’s legal and insurance requirements but also takes into account employee health and well-being is not easy.

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The state of UK workplace drug testing in 2019

Posted by John Wicks on Jan 30, 2019

Drug testing is still far from commonplace in UK workplaces.

However, in a culture where 31% of the population have taken illegal drugs (with 21% admitting to continuing to take them either regularly or on occasion), the sands are slowly shifting. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) view is that there is no need for widespread workplace drug testing, but for how long?

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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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