Employers have a legal duty under multiple legislations such as the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 or Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 to ensure the wellbeing and safety of their staff. Some industry regulators such as aviation, rail, oil and gas and the marine industry have taken additional steps, setting out specific limits and behaviours around drugs and alcohol management. Whether it be legislation or industry regulation employers have statutory duty to ensure the health, safety and welfare of their employees and the general public.
Any approach to impairment management with drugs and alcohol should start with the company policy. The policy is the company's armour, it will detail what is expected of staff, how the organisation will be have and act as a tool to communicate to customers, suppliers and authorities the approach taken by the organisation. There are a number of key points that should be included in a comprehensive policy some of the frequently overlooked points are the linking of the policy to the disciplinary and grievance procedures. Does your policy offer comprehensive protection, get in touch and we can review it for you.
OdiliaClark can help your business maintain a safe working environment and minimise days lost to illness by offering an independent Drugs and Alcohol testing service using state-of-the-art Dräger equipment as used globally by over 80 Police forces including the British Police and Fire Services.
Oral fluid testing is the true test of impairment whereas urinalysis can be considered a combination of impairment and lifestyle testing
Sample collections can be observed by an independent third party, eliminating the possibility of tampering with samples
Tests are dignified with quick, easy and unobtrusive sample collection to protect workforce confidentiality.
Samples can be collected anywhere, there is no requirement for a designated facility with oral fluid testing
PROUDLY WORKING ALONGSIDE
I'd like to thank OdiliaClark for the support of the recent weeks with the provision of advice, training and enabling Gemini Rail Group to introduce a robust self-sufficient solution into Drugs and Alcohol testing. The education class enabled the team to flawlessly execute our winter schedule of random testing.
Rob Mackay | Gemini Rail Group
We had an issue with some of our apprentices as they were coming in to work. We worked with OdiliaClark to develop the policy and company approach towards drugs and alcohol management, we then informed the staff of the new working requirements and held an amnesty period during which the OdiliaClark team rolled out education across the business. We then agreed a testing schedule which was has been smoothly executed. A very positive experience.
Health and Safety Manager | Engineering Sector, Manufacturing
The sector knowledge and experience of the team at OdiliaClark enables them to identify the right solutions for our operating profile. We have the right solutions in place and a high level of confidence in the testing and results.
John | Business Jet COO
These systems provide us with results which tell us a person is fit for work and able to work safely at the time of testing. Which ultimately means less lost in terms of productivity and minimises the disruption which can be experienced with urine testing
Pam | Construction, Civil Structures
We understand you may have questions, please read our FAQ below, For any further requests or support send us your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our team will be in touch.
A list of all personnel on site on the day of testing will be generated prior to the Testing Associate arriving on site. This list will be provided to the Testing Associate from the Testing Agency who will randomly select the appropriate number of individuals.
Yes, they will be asked by the Testing Associate if they agree to be tested. The Donor must provide written consent. The employee should be made aware that a refusal to be tested will be regarded as an unreasonable response and treated as a positive test result which may lead to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.
Testing should be viewed as a safety net working in conjunction with support programmes to ensure employees and the organisation are protected.
Most medications are safe to take but any medication either prescribed or over the counter medication has the potential to cause side effects which could affect yours and others safety in the workplace. You should advise your GP/Pharmacist of your job role and/or operating plant and equipment or operating in a potentially dangerous environment. The GP/Pharmacist can then decide whether it is appropriate for you to work normally or recommend alternative arrangements. If you are experiencing side effects such as drowsiness, fatigue or adverse effects to your balance and you work in a safety-critical role or drive for business you should let your line manager know. They may take advice from Occupational Health to ensure it is safe for you to continue to undertake your current duties or find out if a temporary amendment to duties is required.
Yes. Any support will be conditional upon you accepting professional help and adhering to an agreed support programme. Recovering from a substance abuse issue can be a lifelong journey and you should have no problem with being tested regularly. Attending work whilst under the influence of either drugs or alcohol is not acceptable and will be considered as gross misconduct and may lead to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.
Yes. Alcohol can stay in your system for a significant period. Alcohol metabolises at different rates and is dependent upon various factors including an individual’s build, health and any other medications they may be taking. It is your responsibility to report for work unimpaired by alcohol or drugs or their effects.
Many factors determine how long drugs remain present in the body. Some drugs, including cannabis, can be detected weeks after consumption and therefore unannounced, random screening may lead to a positive result. It should be noted that many recreational drugs are illegal and there is a significant risk of prosecution if such substances are consumed whilst at work.
Yes. You will be asked about any medications you are taking if the test leads to a non-negative result. All non-negative results will require further laboratory analysis. The Testing Associate will ensure that all information about your medication is noted with the sample. Taking more than the prescribed amount can affect performance and may be regarded as misuse or abuse.
If you take the medication responsibly, and have discussed it with your line manager if in any doubt, then a non-negative test should not be a concern for those medications. Modern testing equipment can detect low levels of drugs, and the laboratory process is part of separating out what is acceptable intake of medication and what is not.
This should be defined within the organisation’s drugs and alcohol policy, however, you may be stood-down if your role or the activities you perform are classified as safety critical.
In these circumstances, it will be regarded as gross misconduct and you will be suspended from duty immediately and liable to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.
A process known as ‘chain of custody’ applies. This ensures that two samples (Sample A and Sample B) are clearly labelled and sealed in tamper-proof tubes and envelopes in front of the Donor. It provides an audit trail for the sample sent for analysis to safeguard its identity and integrity from collection through to reporting of the test results. The process is auditable to ensure compliance and that a defensible report is produced. Sample A will be tested to verify positive/negative result from the on-site testing. The laboratory will hold your sample B for up to four months in case of dispute or if you wish to organise an independent analysis of your sample at your own cost.