A common theme throughout the Christmas period is overindulgence. It is the time of year where it is deemed acceptable to eat more, spend more and give more. While overindulgence can be a harmless way to celebrate the year drawing to a close, indulgence in Drugs and Alcohol can be severely detrimental to employees and business owners alike. This festive season, businesses need to be prepared and protected against the consequences of drug and alcohol consumption.
Throughout the festive period, employees are more likely than ever to return to work still under the influence of alcohol or recreational drugs, consumed the night before. Many are unaware of the effects of the substances lingering in their system, and how that can be damaging to their work performance and safety. It is vital to defend your company and employees from the effects of drug and alcohol misuse throughout the festive period, by implementing a correctly structured workplace drug testing programme.
Why should we test employees for drug and alcohol usage?
Current UK law states that employers must show that they are taking reasonable steps to prevent the use of drugs and alcohol within the workplace.
By implementing a workplace drug and alcohol testing programme, your business is removing the risk of this ever being questioned and is the best step for any business to take when looking at practical solutions.
Employees under the influence of drugs and alcohol present a risk to both themselves, the workforce and the integrity of the business. Their behaviour can cause significant disruption to the work environment which can result in a loss of productivity, increase costs, and have a negative impact on the company’s reputation.
For more information, take a look at our drug testing fact sheet
How can Phil Green Security help my business?
Phil Green Security provide professional, confidential and comprehensive workplace drug testing services. Our testing officers are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and can give definitive results within minutes of our testing officers arriving onsite. Our quick response service is ideal for when testing is needed at short notice, or post-incident when it may be necessary to rule out impairment due to drugs or alcohol consumption.
All of our Testing officers are highly trained and adhere to strict procedures to ensure that chain of custody is not only maintained but is doubled up with a secondary record trail. The result of this is a professional testing service, which provides results that are legally defensible should the results be contested for any reason. Phil Green Security also offers ongoing support for our clients after testing, should legal action take place. You can learn more about the services offered by Phil Green Security – Drug Testing here.