The benefit of testing is that it provides an objective way of measuring whether an employee has used alcohol or drugs rather than relying on the personal opinion of a colleague.
The test will be carried out by an independent and reputable external screening company, under a tightly controlled procedure, ensuring the results are fair, accurate and objective. Tests are carried out in the strictest confidence and privacy, and with dignity.
An employee may nominate a colleague or trade union representative to witness the test where this is reasonable and practical and the Company will try to arrange this where requested. The Company will take appropriate action in response to any attempt by an employee to falsify a test result and this may result in disciplinary action under the Company’s disciplinary procedures, up to and including dismissal.
The Company can be prosecuted if it knowingly allows an employee who is intoxicated or under the influence of drugs to continue working, as this places other people at risk. If an employee is obviously intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, they will be suspended from duty on contractual pay and sent home. If the screening result is not available by the time they should next start work, depending on the circumstances requiring them to be tested, they will either remain suspended from duty or be re-allocated to risk-free work until the results arrive.
An employee refusing to be tested under the provisions of this policy may be subject to appropriate action including disciplinary action under the Company’s disciplinary procedures, up to an including dismissal.
Employees confirmed to be in breach of the Alcohol and Drugs Policy may be subject to action under the appropriate Company disciplinary procedure.