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Our premier guide to drug testing deals with policy formation, work place drug testing and legislative requirements concerning health and safety and privacy.
Workplace drug testing is a complex issue that should be part of a comprehensive policy
formulated after consultation between the employer and employees.
The most common reason behind workplace drug testing policies is the concern with health
and safety; the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 provides that a hazard includes a person’s
behaviour where that behaviour has the potential to cause death, injury, or illness to a person
where that behaviour results from drugs.
There are different techniques of drug testing, some of which are more intrusive than others.
Depending on the technique(s) of drug testing used by an employer, drug testing may be done
in a variety of circumstances and at different times.
Each technique of drug testing, and each drug testing regime, has a different set of
implications that employers need to consider before deciding to introduce it.
Employers should seek expert professional advice on what impac
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