Drug-Free Workplace

All workplaces must comply with the Health and Safety in Employment Act. This requires employers to take all practicable steps to identify and manage hazards in their workplaces.

Effective drug-free programmes are workplace specific and will vary according to the requirements of a particular business. However, they will involve either a detection or testing component. Detection is primarily the use of dogs and is cost efficient, non-invasive and requires no participation on behalf of the employee. Drug testing is expensive, confrontational and targets a small portion of your staff.

Thus an ideal drug-free program involves the use of a drug detection dog to identify staff that have recently come into contact with illicit drugs followed by a confirmatory drug test.

 

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