Consent for Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing

As workplace drug and alcohol testing is becoming more and more common in the UK, as an employer you need to make sure that tests are conducted legally and with the proper consent from your employees.

As an employer, if you do wish to carry out substance abuse tests, it’s important to have a clear set of rules and regulations in your employee handbook for your employees to refer to. That way they will know what is expected of them, and what will happen if a test is failed. You must obtain informed consent from your employees before proceeding with any drug or alcohol testing.

It’s important explain the reason the test is being carried out and your employee must agree to it. You can not force or secretly test employees, as if you were to try this the results will be invalid and your employees could take legal action against you. If an employee refuses to take a substance abuse test but their contract states that it is mandatory, appropriate action may be taken including dismissal.

Call us on 01302 365036 if you need information about Drug and Alcohol testing for your business or organisation. Workplace Drug Testing available in Doncaster, Barnsley, Sheffield and throughout South Yorkshire.