When an employer wishes to implement workplace testing for alcohol, it can be a daunting task. However, we at Phil Green Security have worked hard behind the scenes to put together a robust and comprehensive service that will assist all of our clients from start to end.
It Begins With The Policies
Many workplaces already have an alcohol policy; often as part of a larger drugs and alcohol policy. Within any policy for either drug or alcohol coverage, there should always be testing or auditing procedures; but, many businesses don’t act upon them.
If you are in need of a sound Alcohol Policy that will allow for random and reactive testing
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On-Site Testing Solution
Once the policies are in place and you are ready to take the next step, Phil Green Security can attend site and carry out breathalyser tests on any person covered under your policies. The focus shouldn’t always be the workforce as often third-party companies will attend your sites such as delivery drivers and contractors and as such, it is under your responsibility to ensure that you take the correct steps to ensure the safety of all parties.
Whatever the requirement; be it random testing on employees, through to targeted heavy goods vehicles entering your premises, Phil Green Security can work with you to ensure that we lower the risks to your business together.
Phil Green Security also offers a reactive service for our clients. Upon a serious H&S incident or any other incident in which there may be a need to rule out impairment from alcohol, we can deploy our test officers and give you instant results within a matter of minutes of arriving on site.
- 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.
Civil Actions – When dealing with an employee or visitor to a clients site, we would always confer with the client and support the route of action that they chose. However, we are able to further support our clients by carrying out a secondary test or even sending a sample to a certified laboratory for analysis.
Criminal Actions – We need to be clear with all clients and individuals that we interact with whilst carrying out Workplace Testing for Alcohol – We are bound to the same rules as an employer when it comes to being liable and we always have a duty to notify the authorities if the individual that provided a positive sample was or is in possession of a vehicle. This would also include an employee who was to be sent home following a positive test.
Cost of Service
Due to the varied nature of this type of service, there are many factors that can increase or lower the overall cost of a screening programme; however, we would always strongly encourage any potential clients to contact us, even if you are only considering carrying out this process. Sadly, like many other areas that Phil Green Security works in, the testing and screening industry also has its own fair share of unprofessional operators and many will sell basic services for premium amounts.
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