Construction and Manufacturing

Construction and Manufacturing

Construction and manufacturing positions are safety critical roles which pose a higher risk of fatal injuries than any other workplace. Fatal injuries vary from falling from heights to being struck by moving machinery / vehicles.

A strict health and safety policy is paramount for any business conducting safety critical work, employers are responsible for the safety of their employees and can face prosecution for preventable occupational accidents. We recommend that construction and manufacturing businesses should consider enforcing a drug and alcohol testing policy to run alongside their Health and Safety Policy to help minimise risks with in the workplace.

Drugs and Alcohol have become alarmingly easy to obtain and some studies show that 74.6% of drug users are in full or part time employment!

Our dedicated team will work with you from the beginning right through to the implementation of the program.

  • Most importantly, legislation and culture are shifting across industry to one of ‘blame’ and companies and their management can no longer ignore the potential risks associated with staff being under the influence of Drugs or Alcohol at work.
  • Employers have a responsibility to care for the safety of their employees and can face personal liability for preventable occupational accidents under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act (2007).

  • Against this background it is strongly advised that Construction and Manufacturing companies should have a robust policy in place to minimise risks of incidents occurring.

  • Having a clear and robust policy framework in place to protect your business from employees who work while under the influence is the first step you should take.

  • Implement drug and alcohol testing in your workplace, including random drug and alcohol testing. If your employees spend their time out on the road, such as salespeople and delivery drivers, testing will need to extend outside your site boundaries.

  • Educate your employees. Most employees want to do the right thing and wouldn’t knowingly come to work under the influence, so we provide education about such topics as how long drugs and alcohol can stay in the system. We can also educate your employees about your drug and alcohol management plan and your testing program.

  • Remind your employees that like employers, they have a duty of care when it comes to occupational health and safety. This includes taking reasonable care of the health and safety of others.

  • Provide a support and counselling option for employees who are having issues dealing with drugs or alcohol.

  • Have a structured disciplinary procedure in place for anyone who is caught under the influence of drugs or alcohol while at work.

Effects of Drugs and Alcohol May Include:

    • Impaired awareness – lack of ability to ‘multi-task’

    • Lack of concentration – driving / plant risk

    • Sudden incapacity – high risk of incident

    • Impaired balance or coordination – Cannabis use – depth and speed perception are severely reduced


Who Should Be Tested?

  • Employee testing is especially important for employees involved in safety critical roles.
  • Screen4 provide employee testing for a wide range of construction staff and manufacturing workers including:
  • Plant Operators
  • Scaffolders
  • Crane Drivers
  • Fork Truck Drivers
  • Machine operators
  • Van drivers / delivery staff
  • PTS medicals and drug and alcohol testing for Network Rail / contractors and staff

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