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A supportive policy can save lives

A drug and alcohol policy should have as its core issues, health, education and proper training

“Workplace drug testing is a health, safety and education issue.”

“Ignoring addiction can be dangerous - tackling it can save jobs, help families and possibly save lives.”

ScreenSafe’s Matt Taylor to speak at IOSH at Hampden Park Stadium, Glasgow

Matt Taylor, the Managing Director of ScreenSafe, one of the UK’s leading providers of drug and alcohol advice and testing services, has been invited to speak at the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) meeting on 31st October at Hampden Park Stadium, Glasgow.

The seminar “Drugs and alcohol policies and mental health at work” picks up two developing topics relating to health at work. Mr Taylor will consider the problems presented by drug, alcohol and substance abuse in the workplace and practical issues in responding to them.

“A drug and alcohol policy should have as its core issues, health, education and proper training.” Says Mr Taylor. “An overlaying supportive approach rather than a punitive one will create a more robust policy, designed to encourage people who think they may have a drug or drink problem to come forward, rather than try to hide it.”

Mr Taylor, who has advised some of the UK’s biggest employers on workplace drug testing for over ten years, also stresses “Ultimately, this is a health, safety and education issue and both staff and employers should support a programme that adds credibility to their professional status. Ignoring a drug or an alcohol addiction could be dangerous. Tackling it in an open and honest way could save jobs, help families and possibly even save lives.”

These presentations are aimed at safety professionals but will also be of value to others including HR managers.

Widely reported has been ScreenSafe’s recent joint initiative with the Road Haulage Association (RHA), launching RHA Smart Test, an exclusive service with its own dedicated website and 24/7 customer service to provide cover for all aspects of drug and alcohol screening – including policy writing, sample collection, laboratory analysis, training and education.

IOSH is the biggest professional health and safety membership organisation in the world, with more than 42,000 members in 100 countries. They are the first European safety body to be awarded NGO status by the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

Matt Taylor will speak at 13.00, and the second speaker at 14:00 looking at the wider challenges presented by mental health within the workplace. Attendance is free and open to non-members of IOSH. Contact the West of Scotland branch secretary for more information:

Editor’s Notes

About drug use in the UK
• The UK officially has the worst drug problem in Europe – it is the largest user of cocaine after the USA
• The HSE estimates that up to 14 million working days are lost each year due to alcohol-related problems in the workplace, costing British industry an estimated £2 billion each year.
• Two fifths of employers consider alcohol misuse to be a significant cause of absenteeism and lower productivity, while a third believe that drug misuse has similarly negative effects.
• An American study demonstrated that companies with drug-testing programs experienced a 51% reduction in incident rates within 2 years of implementation
• Over 5.5 million cannabis users
• The incidence of drug use in young people has almost trebled since the 1990
• Government data states alcohol fuels:
over 1 million fights per year
19,000 sexual assaults
360,000 cases of domestic violence

About ScreenSafe

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.

Testing breath, urine, blood, oral fluid and hair, they enable employees to work in a safe environment that is free from drug and alcohol mis-use and for healthcare workers to have a clear and accurate perspective of their customers’ substance abuse habits.

ScreenSafe are part of the Ingemino Group, a testing solutions provider trusted by customers to deliver a world class service.

For more information visit
• For media enquiries or for an interview with Matt Taylor
• Tel: 01491636262

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