Workplace drug testing

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Employers have responsibilities to their staff, especially for keeping them safe in the workplace. Legislation dictates many practices, but there is a grey area when it comes to alcohol and drug testing – which means many companies have out of date policies or simply don’t have one at all.

With the biennial European Workplace Drug Testing Society conference in London this month, employers have the opportunity to learn. Current regulations, the Health and Safety at Work Act and the Management of Health and Safety at Work, give no specifics on alcohol and drug consumption, aside from determining that employers have the duty to protect staff. In addition, there has also been little in the way of new information coming from official sources in recent years.

But for those looking to formulate or update policies on testing, details of new research, technologies and innovations are available from

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