It has been estimated that drug and alcohol abuse in the workplace costs the UK more than £2billion per annum. Alcohol and drug abuse combined account for an estimated 14 million lost working days. As a result, drug and alcohol testing in the workplace is becoming increasingly prevalent in the UK.
Drugs and alcohol alter a person’s body functions, behaviour, personality and, therefore, work performance. When an employee is impaired by drugs, or alcohol, the potential for error is estimated to increase tenfold. Employee drugs and alcohol testing is intended to ensure workplace safety, security and productivity.