The UK Construction Confederation notes that “the use of drink and drugs by an employee is of serious concern to employers” and suggests screening could be used for “testing all or part of the workforce routinely, occasionally or on a random basis” and “as part of a selection process for job applicants” .
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In June 2023, new guidelines were introduced for the construction industry regarding drugs and alcohol. The guidelines suggest that firms tell staff they may be “randomly selected and tested for drugs or alcohol regardless of their job” .
How often should construction companies conduct drug tests?Rowan Poole2023-10-10T11:05:38+01:00
There are no guidelines on how often construction companies should conduct drug tests, the frequency of testing can vary depending on the company’s policies and the level of risk associated with the job.
Some companies may choose to conduct random drug testing, while others may only test employees after an accident or incident.Regular testing, including pre-employment drug tests and random drug tests, is recommended to ensure a safe work environment.
Should your construction company have a drugs policy?Rowan Poole2023-10-10T11:06:18+01:00
While there are no UK laws mandating a drugs policy, the Construction Confederation recommends that “a workplace policy applying to all staff can benefit all organisations and should form part of the overall health and safety package .”
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