HSE International ISSUE 109 - Page 37

“It’s also important for employers to look at the contributory factors associated with drink and drug abuse in the workplace and ensure they are managing them effectively.” should not have any impact on the workplace. However, if the employee’s outside work activities raise health and safety concerns or risks when they are back on company premises, or undertaking work on behalf of the company, then the company will be left in a position whereby they need to take steps to control or reduce these risks. “There are very severe penalties for employers who fail to prevent accidents caused by the actions of an employee. It is a legal requirement for companies to have a Health and Safety policy in place, and we have seen a huge increase in the number of insurers that are making it a requirement to have a drug and alcohol policy as well. Being under the influence can impair a person’s ability to carry out their duties; when they are in charge of heavy equipment, e.g. a fork lift, there is a genuine risk to those around them. Our experience has found that companies who have a well defined drug and alcohol policy in place, backed up by training, education and a well defined screening process, often get a better rate of insurance. By proving that they are able to reduce the risk of drug and alcohol related workplace accidents, the insurance that would cover these is also reduced; thus saving the company money.” *Drug tests conducted at a police station are able to test for LSD, ecstasy, ketamine and heroin. ELAS are the experts of choice for over 4,000 UK companies seeking a full range of compliance services. For more information, visit www.elas.uk.com Danny Clarke, Group Operations Director for the ELAS Group HSE INTERNATIONAL 37