Why do drug testing in the workplace?
The Health and Safety At Work Act 2015 places a duty on an employer to provide a safe workplace. A person under the influence of drugs in the workplace is a hazard, and could compromise the safety of themselves and others.
The Department of Labour states, "The use of drugs and alcohol, even if consumed outside the workplace, can lead to employee impairment while at work. Poor concentration, carelessness, risk-taking behaviour and errors in judgment can occur. Drug and alcohol abuse not only affects work performance, but also results in higher rates of injuries, fatalities and absenteeism as well as reduced productivity".
Who does the testing?
Our Registered Nurses perform on site drug screening. They are NZQA certified (US 25458 & 25511) to undertake drug screening using AS/NZS 4308: 2008 compliant testing equipment.
What drugs are tested for?
When are the drug tests done?
We can test for the following categories:
- Post accident/incident
- Reasonable cause
Can any workplace drug test their staff?
Drug Testing is only lawful if the company has robust and up to date Drug and Alcohol policies and procedures in place.
What legislation is involved?
Drug testing must comply with the following legislation:
- Health & Safety at Work Act 2015
- Privacy Act
- Human Rights Act
- Bill of Rights Act
- Employment Relations
- Common Law
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