Drug testing in some safety-critical industries are an important procedure to ensure safety however, it is not always the best solution as implementing it can create mistrust if not managed correctly. There are many factors to consider such as corporate drinking culture for example. Not to mention obtaining consent, legislation and the law.
Drug testing can be difficult as many substances stay in the body for long periods and a positive result doesn’t always indicate that someone has misused drugs in the workplace or indeed is even currently under the influence however, if your industry is a safety-critical one or you employ for safety-critical roles, you ought to consider integrating compulsory/random drug and alcohol testing into your organisational policy on drugs and alcohol.
The term “Safety critical work” is defined as “Where the ill-health of an individual may compromise their ability to undertake a task that is safety critical, thereby posing a significant risk to the health and safety of others” (CBH, 2015).
“Safety critical work” commonly involve tasks such as operating heavy machinery, driving a vehicle or working at heights to name but just a few.