Rise in drug testing in the workplace

Many employers have substance misuse policies or contractual clauses in employee contracts that give them the right to test their staff for drug misuse, particularly where staff are operating machinery or driving vehicles.

Whilst staff cannot be made to take a drugs test it is common that disciplinary action may follow if they refuse.

Four of the major drug screening providers have recently confirmed significant rises in the number of tests they conduct every year, and reports indicate that smaller businesses, including retail, are choosing the test their staff too, including testing for legal highs as well as the more traditional drugs.