Professional Safety Services (UK) Ltd is committed to creating an Injury-Free Environment by fostering a culture of care and concern for people, which demands that everybody accepts responsibility for their own and others wellbeing. This policy forms part of that commitment. One element of that commitment is to ensure that our employees do not place themselves or others at risk by the misuse of drugs or alcohol. The purpose of this policy is to ensure that employees do not report for work in an unfit state by virtue of the use of alcohol or drugs, including illegal drugs or, prescribed medication or legal highs (properly known as Novel Psychoactive Substances). Irrespective of any changes in legislation which may decriminalise the use of drugs, such as cannabis, marijuana, for personal use, any such changes will have no effect on the application of this Policy and Procedure.
In order to meet compliance with appropriate legislation, all drugs which can affect a person’s ability and judgement to ensure the safety of clients, public or workforce will be covered by the policy. Employees must report fit for work free of illicit drugs and alcohol; they must not consume or be in possession of alcohol, or any drug that may affect their ability to undertake their duties in the workplace, this includes Professional Safety Services (UK) Ltd sites and locations where we are working on behalf of a client/customers.
Professional Safety Services (UK) Ltd will conduct all drug testing via urine samples, oral swabs/saliva and breathalyser. A programme of screening, including ‘For Cause’, and random unannounced screening for all employees, has been put in place which includes procedures intended to:
- Detect the use of drugs and/or alcohol by any person(s), employees and contractors alike, involved in a safety related incident where there is a possibility that the actions or omissions of the person(s) led to the incident
- Detect the use of drugs and/or alcohol where employees’ or contractors’ behaviour prompts cause for concern
- Detect, via random screening, employees or contractors who may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Failing, or refusing to undergo, a drugs or alcohol screening will be treated as gross misconduct, will invoke disciplinary action and removal from the workplace.
Failing, or refusing to undergo, a drugs or alcohol screening will be treated as gross misconduct, will invoke disciplinary action and removal from the workplace.