The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 places a duty of care on a PCBU (person conducting a business or undertaking) to provide a safe workplace.
The Act specifically states that the term “hazard” includes a situation where a person’s behaviour may be a source of harm, such as situations resulting from drugs or alcohol.
A person under the influence of unlawful drugs or alcohol at work may be a hazard in the context of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and accordingly a drug/alcohol testing policy may be an appropriate hazard-management step. The standard that controls the procedures for specimen collection and the detection and quantity of drugs of abuse in urine is the AS/NZS 4308:2008.
Types of drug/alcohol testing:
- Pre-employment testing
- Post incident testing
- Reasonable cause testing
- Random testing
Employers who wish to implement any type of drug testing regime should ensure appropriate policies and/or changes in employment agreements are made to notify employees that drug testing may occur. Once policy is created and implemented, drug testing should clearly be for a health and safety purpose, on reasonable notice, and should occur with due regard to the employee’s rights.
Can TriEx undertake drug testing outside normal business hours?
TriEx business hours are 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday and appointments can be made at our office during this time.