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Drugs and Alcohol over Christmas

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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.

 


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Hull and East Yorkshire employers offered new service to identify under the influence workers

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Hull and East Yorkshire employers offered new service to identify under the influence workers

PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release


Screening initiative will reduce risks, aid compliance, cut costs and improve standards

With the results of a new survey showing one in four employees arrive for work under the influence of alcohol or drugs, Yorkshire-based security specialist Phil Green Security has launched a state-of-the-art testing service – to increase workplace safety and drive up productivity levels.

Yorkshire and Humber is the third worst area in the UK for employees working under the influence, the survey revealed. Only London and the West Midlands fare worse. Commissioned by risk assessment and employment law specialists ELAS, the survey showed that, of those interviewed, 27.41% of workers in Yorkshire and Humber admit to working under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The real figure could be even higher.


Working Under the Influence
London31.91%
West Midlands30.46%
Yorkshire & Humber27.41%
East Anglia26.37%
Scotland23.48%
North East22.86%
North West21.89%
Wales17.12%
Northern Ireland15.87%
East Midlands15.79%


Phil Green Security’s workplace screening identifies those taking drugs at home as well as in the workplace, and accurately shows who has clocked on under the influence – including those who are suffering ‘the morning after the night before’.

Phil Green Security has introduced the new service to coincide with the run-up to Christmas when NHS figures show alcohol consumption alone increases by 41%.

Government statistics highlight 17 million workdays are lost each year across the UK, costing employers £1.6 billion,  because of employees’ drink and drug use. The problem is so prevalent that workers are putting themselves, their colleagues and the public at risk – leaving employers wide open to costly litigation as well as reduced productivity.


Phil Green, Head of Service & Operations at Phil Green Security, said: “Perceptions of who is most likely to arrive at work under the influence of drink or drugs do not match the facts. This is not a problem restricted to younger workers – it is across the board. In fact, GPs nationwide are expressing concern about drug and alcohol use among people over 50. We encourage employers to take a clear approach that does not discriminate any group of workers. Regular screening is good for employees, encouraging them to look after their health, and good for employers, because it cuts the number of days lost as a result of drug or alcohol use and significantly reduces the risks while pushing up standards.”

Mr Green said, while all employers can benefit from the screening service, regular drug and alcohol testing should be a no-brainer for businesses who employ drivers, persons who operate machinery and who routinely come into contact with the public.

“Safety and liability, as well as compliance, should be major considerations when employers think about the risks employees working under the influence pose in Hull and East Yorkshire,” Mr Green added.

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For further information, visit https://philgreensecurity.com/drug-testing/ or call 01482 961 899 (24 hours).

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Editor’s note: Phil Green is available for interview. Pictures available on request. ELAS interviewed 1500 employees from across the country. The results of the survey are accepted to provide an accurate rough estimate of the number of employees working under the influence. However, the true figure is thought to be higher – with many workers not surprisingly unwilling to admit they are working under the influence.


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Are Your Employees Under the Influence

Are Your Employees Under the Influence

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Are Your Employees Under the Influence? a common question asked by today’s employers and Phil Green Security can answer it easily with the results of a recent survey.

During a recent survey that was carried out nationally; it was found that 1 in 4 employees admitted to going to work under the influence.

The survey; which was commissioned by ELAS, asked 1500 employees from all areas of the UK to determine what the root cause for work absence was and the results were shocking.

The findings revealed that in the region of 17 million work days were lost each year as a direct result from drug or drink related sickness and this results in a direct cost of £1.6 billion to UK businesses*. One of the other facts taken from the survey was that 1 in 5 employees admitted they had driven to their place of work whilst still feeling under the influence, even when it was the next day.
(*Home Office and National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence)

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This survey couldn’t have landed at a better time as over the month of December it is estimated that the UK population will consume 41% more alcohol, then the average monthly intake*.
(*NHS statistics)


Not just the young demographic

Sadly there is not enough readily available data to be able to assess how much drug use increases over the Christmas period, but what might be worth noting is an article published by the Express in August 2017 which states Concern over ‘rapid’ rise of drink and drug abuse among the over-50s” and then goes on to claim that doctors are worrying as the number of middle-aged drinkers and drug users is soaring. 

This needs to be taken on board by all employers as the general trend is to target the youger area of the workforce for screening and this goes to show that there is no discrimination on who can be affected. When asking Are Your Employees Under the Influence, a clear approach should be taken and the full workforce should be accountable.


Not as easy as the North and South divide

So we all know that Phil Green Security is a proud Yorkshire based company and it would be a relief if we could push the issues of substance abuse to the ‘city slickers’. However, you may be surprised when you see how the numbers stack up.

London took first place with 32% of employees admitting to working whilst under the influence of drugs or alcohol, followed up by the West Midlands with 30% and… Yorkshire and Humber taking third place with 27% of employees. The best performing regions where Northern Ireland and East Midlands which both landed a slightly more respectable score of 15%.

Still asking; Are Your Employees Under the Influence? Let’s have a look at the tables of results:

Working Under the Influence
London31.91%
West Midlands30.46%
Yorkshire & Humber27.41%
East Anglia26.37%
Scotland23.48%
North East22.86%
North West21.89%
Wales17.12%
Northern Ireland15.87%
East Midlands15.79%

Driving Under the Influence
West Midlands31.13%
London28.02%
North East27.62%
Yorkshire & Humber 25.93%
North West24.26%
East Anglia21.98%
East Midlands21.05%
Wales18.92%
Scotland18.26%
Northern Ireland14.29%


Head of Occupational Health and Safety at ELAS, Danny Clarke said:

“A quarter of UK workers admitting to working whilst intoxicated creates massive safety implications. Employers must step-up and take action to ensure safe working practices at all times – especially when offences become more prevalent over the Christmas period.

This is particularly important for industries where workers are required to operate machinery, transport or come in to contact with the public. Ideally, companies should have a policy relating to alcohol and drugs that may include testing procedures which are seen as best-practice in all industries. In those where the consequences could be fatal, having a testing procedure is the best way to safeguard against liability and ensure safety on site is maintained.

Employers UK-wide must ensure that workers are aware of the dangers of both working and driving whilst under the influence of an intoxicating substance.”


Are Your Employees Under the Influence?

Phil Green Security provides professional, confidential and comprehensive workplace drug and alcohol testing services. By combining forces with one of the industry leading laboratories we can offer robust experience in testing, legally defensible results and the correct level of protection to your business should an employee formally dispute them for any reason.

We pride ourselves on assisting our clients to reduce risks to their business and offer continual support throughout the process.

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Want to step up your drug testing?

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UK businesses are turning more and more to workplace drug testing and when applied properly it will raise the standards of any workforce; let’s take a look at how we can step up your drug testing. In recent years there has been a steady increase in the use of illegal drugs; both inside and outside of the workplace.

A study carried out in 2012 by the United Kingdom Addiction Services Support Agency states that addiction and drug abuse cost the UK industry in excess of £800 million per year and up to £6.4 billion from alcohol misuse.

Testing for drugs and alcohol misuse can keep a business safe and legal with extra benefits:

– Reduced frequency of incidents
– Decreased safety concerns
– Increased productivity
– Reduced absenteeism and the negatives this raises
– Reduced recruitment and training costs
– Improvement of morale and employee relations

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Before we proceed let us just recap what the law states:


Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 – section 2 – place a duty on an employer to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety, and welfare at work of their employees.

Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 – places a duty on an employer to assess the risks to the health and safety of employees. This means an employer can be prosecuted if they knowingly allow an employee to continue working while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and their behavior places the employee themselves or others at risk.

Road Traffic Act 1988 – states that any person who, when driving or attempting to drive a motor vehicle on a road or other public place, is unfit to drive through drink or drugs shall be guilty of an offense.

Transport and Works Act 1992 – makes it a criminal offense for certain workers to be unfit through drugs and/or drink while working on railways, tramways, and other guided transport systems.


So how can you step up your drug testing?

In order to have the most robust level of screening within your business, you need to ensure several areas are covered. The first part of any drug testing process within a business is to establish your Drugs and Alcohol Policy.

Within your policy, you need to cover when and how the test is to take place and also what outcomes possible from both negative and positive results. As with any policy; it can soon become overwhelming and as always you have no need to worry, simply download our editable template and step up your drug testing immediately.

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Your testing solution

The best way to step up your drug testing and ensure that your screening is of its highest standard is to instruct professionals who specialize in the process to act on your behalf.

Phil Green Security offers testing services for both drugs and alcohol; we utilize Oral, Urine and Breath testing to ensure that we offer the highest level of accuracy and effectiveness.

By combining high-grade testing equipment with the skills and procedures developed through industry experience, Phil Green Security really is the only provider you will need to call upon to step up your drug testing.

So what makes Phil Green Security so different?

In short, we have developed our procedures to meet the level often used in the realms of government departments and athlete testing. This dedication to not only meet the standard offered by other private screening providers but to then take it to the next level and surpass our fellow competitors.


Let’s take a look at what we test for

Breathalyser
– Alcohol (mg/l)

Oral/Saliva Testing (6 in 1)
– Cannabis
– Amphetamine
– Opiates
– Cocaine
– Methamphetamine
– Benzodiazepines

Urine Testing (10 in 1)
– Cannabis
– Cocaine
– Opiates
– Amphetamine
– Benzodiazepines
– Tramadol
– Ketamine
– Methadone
– Methamphetamine
– MDMA (Ecstasy)

Which to use for your screening


Increasingly UK employers choose saliva drug testing for their initial testing. (NOTE: Urine testing offers longer detection)
When considering saliva testing vs other drug testing methods, consider the following points:

– No urine collections (consider integrated urine cup tests as a solution)
– Observed collections without privacy issues
– Can be performed on-site anytime and anywhere with immediate results
– More-invasive (saliva testing normally involves swabs on sticks into the mouth)
– Saliva Eliminates need for same-gender sample collections/observation
– Saliva Testing integrity (difficult to adulterate as directly observed)
– Results available in 10 minutes (same as urine)
– No additional equipment (same as urine)
– Saliva tests detect drugs for much shorter windows after use

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Confirmation Testing

In order to add a final layer of protection for our clients, we follow up all positive drug tests with a further laboratory-based confirmation test. During this time it is customary for the tested subject to be placed on suspension pending the results of the lab results.

By using a full chain of custody confirmation system, employers protect themselves from legal challenges following disciplinary proceedings.

Our labs are BSI accredited and use GS/MS analysis to ensure that the results are accurate beyond a reasonable doubt.


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Domestic Security Advice

Domestic Security Advice

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As many of our readers will be aware; Phil Green Security is a specialist in security, surveillance, and investigations for business and corporate clients. However, with dark night now looming and Christmas just around the corner, we thought it may be a good time to address what you can do at home to improve your security and reduce the risk of burglary. Our domestic security advice will cover some simple things that you can do to reduce the risks significantly and we will also include some services that Phil Green Security can offer you.


Homes that have no security in place are around 5 times more likely to become a target, but by implementing just a handful of our tips and you can cut this to a near zero.

Domestic Security Advice

Ensure all windows and doors are locked, even if you are on the property. This would also include times when sleeping, when upstairs and also when gardening.


Look to keep keys out of sight, do not keep all keys together in an obvious place. Keys can be ‘fished’ through your letterbox or an open window.


Install an intruder alarm and ensure that it covers high-risk areas and is also maintained.


Install security lighting and ensure that this is maintained if possible ensure that timings are altered throughout the year


When going away for periods of time; ask a trusted neighbor to look after your property.

If you use light timers, ensure that the timings are staggered and try to avoid all lights coming on at the same time. The aim is to give the illusion of movement around the property.


Keep on top of boundary upkeep including cutting hedges and fence repairs, this forms part of ‘CPTED’ and is one of the best natural security measures available.


Avoid leaving items out such as ladders that can be used to access higher points of entry such as bedroom windows.


Carry out a simple marking system on your property such as UV postcoding.


Invest in a safe to keep passports etc in, but avoid the cheap electronic ones that are easily broken or taken away.


Doors & Windows

It is worth contacting your local locksmith and asking them to check your door and window locks. If possible always get your PVC Eurolocks exchanged for mechanisms with anti-bump and anti-snapping countermeasures built in.

If you live in the Hull and East Yorkshire area; we would recommend:

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When Going Out of Town

So if the property is going to be empty for a few days, then there are steps you can take to ensure that any risk of intruders is minimised.

Use timers on lights and radios to generate the illusion of the property being occupied.

Ensure milk and newspaper deliveries are stopped, also use mail storage services from Royal Mail.

Avoid declaring when your property will be empty on social media, you have no idea who may see this.


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  • Ad-hock mobile officer visits
  • Temporary CCTV installation
  • Mail collection and storage facility ” panel_color=”enigma_panel-blue”/]

* Vehicle Tracking with True Track

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Workplace Testing Alcohol

Workplace Testing for Alcohol

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When testing for alcohol; especially in the workplace, there are several aspects that need to be covered in order to protect all parties involved. Phil Green Security has built the processes and expertise to ensure that testing for alcohol in the workplace is carried out fairly and professionally.

In order to address the best approach, we need to segment the overall process into 4 separate areas:

Policy Baseline – the first step is to ensure that all company and site policies have the inclusion of alcohol testing. Within these policies, there should be a cover of terms such as who, when and how testing will be carried out. Also, post event testing should be included within the policies to ensure the business is safeguarded against the potential risks that may arise.

Selection Procedure – this is when the actual testing process begins. Selection should be carried out inline with the policies and must be random and without prejudice. However, there is also an exception to this, when testing for alcohol following an event or incident. When carrying out the random selection, the best way is with the use of a random search selector. These are electronic devices that are set with a percentage and will automatically ensure that selection is of a random nature. Please be aware that any subject has the right to refuse, this should be dealt with in line with company policies.

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Testing & Documentation – the act of carrying out a test is very simple and is just the same as carrying a breathalyser test for the police. However as we are acting within the private sector, we must ensure that the documentation is watertight. From signing a consent form, through to ensure an accurate chain of custody is put in place; ensure there is a clear paper trail is the utmost import part to focus on during any testing for alcohol.

Results, Conclusion & Followups – as noted in the last point; we need to remember that we are working within the private sector and as such, we need to ensure we take all precautions to ensure that our actions are lawful. With this in mind, all results showing a positive reading should be checked with a second test to ensure that error margins are reduced to an acceptable level. We also need to be mindful that a positive result does not always mean that dismissing the member of staff would be the logical outcome. As responsible employers, we need t be able to offer support and guidance to those who, any be suffering from alcohol abuse or dependence. The responsive actions should also be covered by the business policies. In order to service our clients from start to finish; Phil Green Security can offer dependant laboratory services and even tribunal attendance.


Testing for Alcohol – The Laws

  • Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 – section 2 – place a duty on an employer to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of their employees.
  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 – places a duty on an employer to assess the risks to the health and safety of employees. This means an employer can be prosecuted if they knowingly allow an employee to continue working while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and their behaviour places the employee themselves or others at risk.

Although not applicable to all workplaces, these two Acts also put obligations on employers and workers:

  • Road Traffic Act 1988 – states that any person who, when driving or attempting to drive a motor vehicle on a road or other public place, is unfit to drive through drink or drugs shall be guilty of an offence.
  • Transport and Works Act 1992 – makes it a criminal offence for certain workers to be unfit through drugs and/or drink while working on railways, tramways and other guided transport systems.

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Railways and Transport Safety Act Prescribed limits
9 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of Breath
or 20 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of Blood
or 27 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of Urine

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What can Phil Green Security provide?

Random Test Programme

We can attend to carry out testing on employees, contractors, drivers or any other person who falls under the businesses health & safety policies. This process is great for making an impact on none tested persons and often acts as a deterrent.

Post Incident Testing

Following many HR and H&S incidents; companies find them selfs in need to rule out alcohol as a possible factor when carrying out investigations. Phil Green Security understands that time is often of the essence and as such we offer a24 hour call out service. We are able to give results within minutes of arrival to the site.

Policy Assistance

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As industry leaders, we are always here to assist our clients. We provide this template as an assistant and will always ensure that our clients are legally protected prior to any testing activity.

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