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    Worldwide: drug testing in the spotlight (international)

    Employers worldwide are moving to impose drug testing instead of improving workplace support and safety standards, according to unions. In Australia, unions say they will oppose an anticipated drive by employers to introduce...

    The drugs don’t work

    Everyone who worked with Peter Hunt knew about the huge amounts of alcohol and cocaine he was consuming every night. But in the six years he worked in the City, not one of his bosses ever talked to him about his problems...

    Negative result for work drug testing

    There is little justification for drug testing in the workplace, except in safety-critical environments, an inquiry has warned. The Independent Inquiry on Drug Testing at Work (IIDTW) conducted research across 200 companies...

    Prison officers face compulsory breath tests

    Prison officers in England and Wales are to face mandatory breath tests if they are suspected of being drunk while on duty. Officers found to be over the drink-drive limit will be sent home and could possible disciplinary...

    Code cracks down on drug testing

    Employers should only carry out drug and alcohol tests on their staff if the results have a direct effect on the health and safety of the organisation, according to new guidelines from the information commissioner. The draft...

    Glass ceiling required

    Binge drinking is costing UK employers £6.4 billion a year – with up to 17 million working days lost annually as a result of alcohol-related absences – according to a recent government study. The research...

    How to deal with alcohol and drug misuse

    Substance abuse is one of the most challenging, and potentially problematic, people issues facing organisations today. Because of its nature it also remains one of the most difficult for managers and supervisors to address...

    Job scheme hope for ex-drug users

    Organisers of a government-backed initiative aimed at getting drug users back into work have urged companies to give their clients a chance. Cabinet Office minister Mo Mowlam, who co-ordinates the government’s drugs...

    High time for action

    The descriptions “drug addict” and “alcoholic” conjure up clear stereotypes, leaving most people confident they could spot one at work. A member of staff with bloodshot eyes, pallid, spotty skin, lank hair and an inability...

    Smoking Policies & Drugs and Alcohol Policies

    Book Author Tricia Jackson Publisher IPD (01752 202301) Price £9.99 each ISBNs 0 85292 812 2 (smoking); 0 85292 811 4 (drugs) Published as part of the IPD’s Good Practice series, these two titles by Tricia Jackson...