The purpose of this is to explain Global Employment Bureau’s approach to the screening of drugs and alcohol prior to driving assignments with ourselves and to make it clear what will not be accepted, and how issues that arise will be addressed.

The Drugs and Alcohol Testing policy sits alongside our statement on page 16 of the company handbook.

Pre-employment

Certain clients may require drivers to undertake a saliva-based drugs test prior to completing the first assignment.

Global Employment Bureau will take a zero-tolerance approach at the registration stage with regard to drugs termed as ‘controlled substances’ under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.A positive result (i.e. where the presence of illegal substance/s is found) will result either in no assignments being offered, for ANY client, or the withdrawal of an assignment offer that has already been made.

The company will also take a zero-tolerance approach to a positive result from an alcohol screen (i.e. where the presence of alcohol is higher than that allowed under the national drink driving limit).

Where a drugs or alcohol screen indicates a problematic or inappropriate use of prescribed drugs, over the counter drugs, or solvents, the company also reserves the right to withdraw an assignment offer.

Post Initial Registration

The following actions will be considered as misconduct that will bring any drivers ‘active’ status, with us, to the end.

  • The possession, use or supply of drugs in the workplace, especially where those drugs are termed as’-controlled substances under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
  • The consumption of alcohol on our company or client’s premises.
  • Attending work whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Should there be just cause, especially after any blameworthy road accident, either we or the end client, reserves the right to request a driver to undergo a random drugs or alcohol screening test.

The following symptoms may indicate an employee is under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol:

  • The smell of alcohol on the employee or on their breath.
  • Difficulty in responding to questions.
  • Inability to think and/or talk coherently. 
  • Inability to understand and/or follow instructions.
  • Aggressive behaviour.
  • Shaking.
  • Blurred vision.
  • Impaired co-ordination.
  • Dilated pupils

Should the driver refuse a random drugs or alcohol test, we will treat such refusal in the same way that we would treat a positive test.

Should any driver feel that a client is unreasonable or without grounds in requesting a test, the driver should NOT leave the site but contact Global Employment Bureau immediately who will seek to resolve the matter. Once any driver leaves a clients site, having refused to partake in a test, Global Employment Bureau will treat that as it would a positive test.

The screening Process within Global Employment Bureau, screening test are undertaken by the consultants trained in test administration. We will use our best endeavours to ensure strict ‘chain of custody’ procedures are adhered to. Any doubts with regards this should be raised immediately.

During the screening test a saliva specimen will be collected to test for the presence of drugs, specifically: Marijuana, Opiates and Methamphetamines.

VERY IMPORTANT. The consultant will ask about any prescribed or over the counter drugs that may have been taken in the 10 days prior to the screening test taking place, since these may produce a positive test result. Drivers being screened are therefore advised to bring with them the names of prescribed or over the counter drugs that have been taken, which may include medicines for headaches, allergies and back pain.

We also strongly advise that in addition to asking the pharmacist or doctor what effects on driving medication may have, they also seek to understand what impact the medication may have in the event of a drugs test.

Supplementary Notes for Consultants

Testing on Driver Registration

Instruction in the event of a positive test.

  • The driver’s status must remain pending, and the registration is terminated.
  • Refer immediately to a Board Director

A decision will be taken on one of the following courses of action:

  • Re-test of the driver in four weeks. The driver remains pending until such times as the re-test is

Complete with a satisfactory outcome       

  • Refer driver for full urine test and subsequent laboratory testing.
  • Refer to retained Occupational Health support for specialist advice.
  • Testing as part of a random sample

Instruction in the event of a positive test

  • The driver is suspended with immediate effect
  • Refer immediately to a Board Director
  • A decision will be taken on one of the following courses of action
  • Refer Driver for full urine test and subsequent laboratory testing
  • Refer to retain Occupational Health support for specialist advice
  • Any client where the driver has worked in the previous 7 days will be informed of the positive test

The communication will be handled by a director or a person nominated by said Director.

Driver to receive a lifetime ban from Global Employment Bureau if no legitimate reason is found (False Positive Result).

Testing is done by a client as part of a random sample or after an accident/incident instruction in the event of a positive test.

  • The driver is suspended with immediate effect
  • Refer immediately to Board Director
  • A decision will be taken on whether our own internal test should be administered (Rare as the majority of our clients have sound D & A testing policies)
  • A full face-to-face investigation is to be undertaken with the driver within the next 12 hours.
  • Driver to receive a lifetime ban from Global Employment Bureau if no legitimate reason is found (False Positive result).
  • Board Director to discuss with the client the possible requirement for a 10% random sample testing to be undertaken.

This is not done due to the belief that there may be a wider problem but to show due diligence in the case of a positive test. If we or our client are questioned on how we responded to a positive test a 10% random sample would demonstrate a level of corporate governance.

Please confirm that by signing below, you are agreeing to a random Drug and Alcohol Test’s from the site to which you are currently working. Failure to comply could lead you to be dismissed from site, permanently.

NAME    ________________________

SIGN     ________________________

DATE     ________________________