Repton Consultancy Ltd offer Drug & Alcohol testing for employees in the workplace.
Studies have shown that employees under the influence of drugs or alcohol are four times more likely to have an accident at work than their colleagues.
The inappropriate use of alcohol or drugs can seriously affect an individual’s performance at work, increasing reaction times, impairing perception and leading to poor decision making.
The effects of drugs and alcohol on a person conducting a safety critical job such as driving a vehicle, using heavy equipment or using machinery with moving parts can literally be lethal.
Drugs and alcohol can have a truly damaging effect on the workplace, affecting not only ‘safety critical’ jobs that need a high level of alertness to stay safe, but even ‘business critical’ roles where the consequences of a lapse of focus can have expensive ramifications.
Fallout from ‘the morning after’ effect can be catastrophic and a recent white paper showed at least 1 in 30 UK employees has drugs in their system at any point in time (which equates to nearly 1 million people across the UK workforce).
Statistics show that there is a £6.4bn annual loss to UK commerce caused by alcohol alone:
- Around 200,000 people turn up at work every day with a hangover
- Up to 17 million sick days are taken each year in the UK because of alcohol
- Men drinking more than 14 units a week are 20% more likely to be absent from work because of injury
Despite this, over 1 in 5 businesses we surveyed, said they did not have or did not know if they had a drugs and alcohol policy in place. However, drugs and alcohol are not just a problem for employers and the economy; they can also lead to social, psychological and medical problems for your employees, including dependence.