US firm forced to stop operations
“Little point in carrying out pre-employment tests if you don’t wait for the results”
A difference in the approach to road safety between the UK and the USA was highlighted last week. The US Department of Transportation ordered a Boston-based passenger carrier to immediately cease all operations, after declaring that its vehicles and drivers pose an imminent hazard to public safety.
Federal investigators found that the owners of Lucky Star failed to monitor and ensure that its drivers complied with controlled substances and alcohol use and testing regulations. Drivers for the American bus company were employed before receiving pre-employment drug and alcohol test results, as required by federal law.
“This State-side report is interesting on two counts: firstly, in the UK there are no regulations that require bus companies, road hauliers or even oil tanker truck carriers to carry out pre-employment or workplace drug tests.” says Matthew Taylor, Managing Director of ScreenSafe. “This is an anomaly in the UK, given that the rail industry does have drug and alcohol testing regulations, and that last year a new drug driving law was passed in recognition that drug driving is becoming as serious a road safety issue as drink driving.”
“Secondly, this case illustrates that there is little point in carrying out pre-employment drug tests but then employ the job applicants anyway, before the test results are known. And in a regulated industry such as bus transportation in Boston, failing to do so can have dramatic impact on the business.”
Mr Taylor concludes: “In the UK few transport sectors are regulated with mandatory drug testing. No firm can claim it doesn't have a drug misuse issue if they don’t conduct a properly managed test programme. Last year the BBC highlighted cases of truck drivers taking class A drugs, and we know from experience that addiction problems can hit any occupation, from vehicle operators to doctors.
Well-managed test programmes tackle the issue from a 360o angle, employing a range of methods to reduce the risks of drug addiction. These could be education awareness, training and counselling, all within a defined policy. Testing helps to measure the success of these other elements, and promotes a safer and healthier work environment.”
ScreenSafe are experts in the provision of drug, alcohol and blood borne virus testing services. They provide bespoke training and testing for drug and alcohol misuse and blood borne viruses by analysing results from oral fluid, urine, hair or blood samples.
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ScreenSafe are experts in the provision of legally defendable drug and alcohol testing and ancillary services from policies through to confirmations, service, training and water-tight procedures.
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