Clearview National December 2017 - Issue 193 - Page 15

PROUD SPONSOR OF INDUSTRY NEWS INDUSTRYNEWS Legal drugs – are you safeguarding your employees? » » SUZANNAH ROBIN, ALCOHOL AND drug safety expert at AlcoDigital, highlights the often-overlooked dangers of employees taking prescription and over-the-counter drugs. It’s a scenario any employer could imagine. A trusted employee – let’s call her Ellie – has been absent with a slipped disc but is now back at work. She’s still in some discomfort, but she’s taking codeine tablets prescribed by her doctor to control the pain, and seems to have returned to her usual reliable self. As an employee, would you question Ellie’s fitness to work? The disturbing fact is that many bosses wouldn’t – yet by failing to implement a drugs and alcohol policy which includes testing for prescription and some over-the-counter drugs, they could be laying themselves open to prosecution, not to mention risking the safety of employees and customers. If Ellie was a coach driver or a machine operator, the dangers are clear. Codeine is an addictive opiate-based substance which can cause drowsiness, even when taken at the recommended dosage. U FW"vfW&VB'VW0v66RFf&6R#RN( 2ffV6PFG&fRvFVvG'Vw27V626FVR৖W"&GbF6RG'Vw2"W"G&frvWFW"FW&R&W67&FG'Vw2"6W'FfW"FR6VFW"VF6W2'WBN( 2BW7BVƖPv6VB&RƖ&Rf"&6V7WFb6Rv0fVBF&RVfBFG&fRW"VW"6V@&R67'WF6VBf"'&V6rVFB6fWGVv6FVFrFfW2"WfV6VFV6Pf"fƖrFFR&V6&R7FW2FV7W&P7FfbV&W'2&RfBFv&DRTt4DG'Vw2B6FW7Fr27V&V7BFVv6F6W'FG&7'B6V7F'27V62FRfF&B6rGW7G&W2FVvFW&R2Vv&ƖvFf"7@FW"VW'2FFB7V6f2FW7FrƖ7FWFfRGWGb6&RFF6fPv&rVf&VBVFW"FR&f62`FRVFB6fWGBv&7BbWFG0f"FWFV7Fr֗7W6R&RBVVFVB@66FVB67W'2N( 26V"FBVW'26V@&RVBƖ&RFR&62&R&W6VB7@v&rVf&VCvWfW"FW&R&P'fW2&֖f6F2f"6W2FBV6W&6G&fW'2"6RW&F'2'VVW>( ֗7W6RbVvǒ&W67&&V@VF6F26VFrG2WBFR7W'fW`S"FV66W'2fVBFBCW&6V@bF6RFBG'VrFW7BVVW2&RBFW7Fpf"7FWF2G2tBE%Tu24T@TU%2DU5Bd#B27W'&6RFBVv7V'7F6W27V606&266RV77F7BWF֖R6V@&R6VFVBFW7Fr&VvR66VB6&RFW7FVBf"'WBFRƖ6FbFR#RTG'VrG&frr2F@FW"( WfW'F( G'Vw2v6Fb07VW26VB6&R66FW&VBVvG'Vw06FVBFR#Rr6VFS( F7F֖W27V626'V֖RFV懖G&֖R&FFR 6WF&P( FWЮ( 'R"FRBB&6VBG'Vw07V626FVRG&F"fVF( FW&WФ2&WfW6ǒF67W76VBFW&R2rF@7FFW2VW'2W7BFW7Bf"FW6R7V'7F6W2vWFW""BFV"VVW2&RG&fr W&Fr6W'2'BbFV"&R'W@VW'2v&RFRFvW'2BFV"W&rvF&6V7WFBFRV7W&&PVF7Bb66FVBFRFvRF6( 2&WWFFb6FVB67W'26&RV6RBB2v'FFrFBFW&RFW6( BfPF&R66FVBf"VvG'VrFrF7@VvFfVǒFRv&6R( 2G&w6W72@FW"6FRVffV7G26VBFvW"&GV7FfG67Fǒ֗7FW2B'6VFVV67GVGFRU2F2V"&WfVVBFBsW&6VB`VW'2fR&VVffV7FVB6Rv4UEDrUE%Tr`4DU5DrĔ5vR&vW"6'&F2fRƖ6W06R6W"'W6W76W2fVVFVFV@'FR6V6FfRF6b6WGFrW67&VVp&6VGW&RvWfW"FR&6W726&R&VFfVǐ6RBB2WV6fR2vRFV6v6Gf6W2fRG&6f&VBFPVƗGB67W&7bFW7Fr&Gv&R@vVƗGƖ6Rw&FRFW7FrG26r&P&VvBB&V6&R&6RffW&r7FB@&VƖ&R&W7VG2N( 2'FBFBW'6V&PG&VBFR6'&V7BW6RbFRG2B67W&FPFW'&WFFb&W7VG2V7W&rFB琦WfFV6R&fFVB2'&VgWF&RbWfW"6VvV@Vv7FॖR&RvFW&rrVVW2&V7@FFRWw2FBFW&RF&RFW7FVBvWFW FN( 2&F"&VwV"&62W WW&V6RFRf7B&Gb7Ffb7GVǐvV6RFRG&GV7Fb6BG'VpFW7Fr&V6v6rFBN( 2FRFW&W7BbVVW2BFR6( 2vFW"7W7FW &6Rv&R7W'&6VBFV&bFP76&R6FRVffV7G2b6G'Vw2ƖRFЦ7F֖R"6FVR'WBvFWVFW'7F@FR'F6Rb6V7W&rVFB6fPv&rVf&VBf"GW&rFR7BFV6FRVvR&w&W722&VVFRFW&2bF6ƖrVvG'VrW6R@6'W6RFRv&6RrB2FPf"VW'2FF&V7BFV"GFVFFv&G0FR&&V26W6VB'VvG'Vw2( 2&&V0v6&RW76W"v'WB6fRWVǐ6F7G&2VffV7G2rFR&W67&FG'Vr7&6207FrW&6VW'2F6fWG6V6#r6FvFFB2&VVVrFfGV6'&FRBvfW&VF&v6F0fBFR&vB6WFFFV"6@G'VrFW7FrVVG2f"&RF"V'2f"gW'FW"f&Ff6Bwwr6FvF6V2R%bRrR2 +BR2#r +