Workplace Drug Testing

Workplace Drug Testing

Language: English

Pages: 464

ISBN: 0853696942

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

This comprehensive text provides clear explanations of the effects of drugs on human performance and the need for workplace drug testing. It provides essential information on the regulatory and legal frameworks around the world, how to set policies and coverage of all aspects of drug analysis and the associated interpretation of results. Contents include: * Epidemiology of drug use in the working population * The evidence base and guidelines for workplace drug testing * Legal, regulatory aspects and policies for drugs and alcohol * Urine and alternative sample collection process * Analytical techniques and specimen adulteration. * Case studies of successful programmes are also included to illustrate the principles discussed. Written by internationally acknowledged experts this informative book will be essential reading for anyone interested in workplace drug testing or setting up such a system including clinical and forensic toxicologists, occupational health physicians, nurses, human resources, drug counselling and treatment providers, analytical chemists and lawyers.

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third study focused only on mandatory random drug testing and was conducted on Federal injury data that covered all truck drivers of interstate carriers. They recalculated the results from raw data provided by the study authors. Following reanalysis, they found that in one study mandatory random and for cause alcohol testing was associated with a significant decrease in the level of injuries immediately following the intervention (–1.25 injuries/100 person-years, 95% CI –2.29 to –0.21) but did

ensure the safety and health of workers in every aspect related to the work, with Article 6(5) exonerating the workers from liability for financial cost. Article 11 states that ‘Employers shall consult workers and/or their representatives and allow them to take part in discussions on all questions relating to safety and health at work.’ Article 13(2)(d) states that employees must immediately inform the employer and/or the workers with specific responsibility for the safety and health of workers

16:3:27 Legal and regulatory aspects of workplace drug testing | 121 Norway Under the Working Environment Act of 17th June 2005 (Act No. 62), relating to the working environment, working hours and employment protection, an employee or job applicant may be tested for intoxicants: a b c when provided by statutes and regulations for positions associated with risks when employers find it necessary to protect the life or health of employees or a third party. The ‘control measures’ must be

certificate’ and the occasions in which an employer ‘may receive’ or ‘process information entered in a drug test certificate’. It goes on to delineate in what circumstances a certificates information (i.e. a drug test) can be used for (a) recruitment and (b) reasonable suspicion. The Finnish Ministry of Labour has also brought out a decree on workplace drug testing which will have in appendix form the Finnish workplace drug testing guidelines (not yet available in English) that are based on the

testing Pre-access Variation on pre-employment, where companies insist that all contractors must have a negative drug test result before being allowed on site. If an individual fails the test, they would not be allowed on to the site, although they may still retain their employment with the subcontracting company Routine medicals Can be integrated into medical Advance notice of dates means alcohol/illegal drug use can be adjusted to avoid detection Association with 'policing policy'

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