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Drug and Alcohol Testing

Occupational Health

Drug and Alcohol Testing

Drug and Alcohol Services

Alcohol and substance abuse at work costs employers millions of pounds each year, through the loss of productivity, increased sickness absence and increased accidents.

Our drug and alcohol services, run by experienced and trained Occupational Health Advisers (OHA’s), can help you to comply with legislation and help identify if drug and alcohol abuse is affecting your company productivity.

Testing Types

Safewell offers the following types of drug and alcohol testing:

  • Pre-Employment (safety-critical roles only—call to discuss)
  • Pre Assessment Testing (for new employees)
  • Random Testing (on suspicion or because of company policy)
  • For Cause Testing (following an event)

Drug Testing can be Chain of Custody or dipstick (urinalysis). Chain of Custody testing will stand up in a court of law, so is the preferred testing method for cases likely to go to a tribunal or ‘For Cause Testing’ due to a specific work-related incident.

Alcohol Testing is done by breath analysis.

Before you arrange any Drug and Alcohol Testing – You must have a Drug and Alcohol Policy/Procedure in place. You may ask why? Because you (as a company) need a procedure for what to do if you receive a positive test result back. This maybe something you need to discuss with your HR Department or HR advisers. Safewell can assist with drafting a procedure if you need one.

Referral and Counselling

Following the results, and where required, Safewell can arrange counselling and further referral to external agencies.

Training Awareness

Safewell offers drug and alcohol awareness training for:

  • Employees – dangers of substance abuse at work and their responsibilities
  • Managers – substance abuse signs to look for at work

Policy and Procedures

Safewell can help you write your drug and alcohol policies and procedures.

Where to Start

If you think you need some testing or suspect there is a problem, use the contact form on this page or call us 01793 852951 to discuss your concerns confidentially and we’ll advise you on the best route forward.

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