Alcohol and drug misuse

Some employers reserve the right to carry out random drug and alcohol tests on employees, particularly in safety-critical industries.

Employers that wish to test staff for drugs and alcohol should clearly and unambiguously reserve the right to do so in their contracts of employment. There should also be in place a clear policy on drug and alcohol testing, setting out when and how testing will be carried out, who will carry out the testing and what will be done with the results of any tests.


Medicinal cannabis: what HR needs to know

Although the prescription of medicinal cannabis products is not yet widespread in the UK, employers need to be aware of the legal framework concerning its use

Generation z staff health

Encourage healthier habits among Generation Z, employers urged

20 Jun 2019

Organisations need to be aware of the health challenges faced by younger employees and the impact this might have on...

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Traders in the 'ring' of the London Metals Exchange

City trading floor bans alcohol

14 Jun 2019

The London Metal Exchange (LME) has banned dealers on its trading floor from working under the influence of alcohol.

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‘Hop-desking’: BrewDog launches remote working initiative

22 Mar 2019

Many remote workers frequently take advantage of coffee shops’ free wi-fi and power outlets but now pubs are trying to...

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‘Dangerous complacency’ in support for young workers with long-term health conditions

20 Feb 2019

Young workers with long-term health conditions in the UK are being offered less support than they would receive from healthcare...

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One in four younger employees goes into work feeling drunk

5 Dec 2018

One in four workers between the ages of 18 and 34 has gone to work still feeling drunk after the...

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Drug and alcohol tests: what employers need to know

8 Nov 2018

Barratt Developments recently announced it would introduce randomised drug and alcohol testing for staff to combat increased risks...

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Toolkit helps employers tackle alcohol, tobacco and drug misuse

25 May 2018

Business in the Community (BITC) and Public Health England have published a toolkit to help employers support their staff in...

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Four in 10 employees concerned about safety impact of colleagues who take drugs

18 May 2018

Four in 10 people believe that working alongside somebody who is under the influence of illegal drugs would make their...

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Excess alcohol consumption can slash life expectancy by 30 minutes per glass

13 Apr 2018

Every glass of wine or pint of beer over the daily recommended limit could shorten your life by 30 minutes,...

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Why it’s not smart to take smart drugs to boost performance at work

30 Nov 2017

Smart drugs have been pushed as a way to improve workplace performance, but what are the risks and do the...

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Public Health England campaign aims to boost employee health in small businesses

2 Nov 2017

Public Health England (PHE) has launched an initiative to support small businesses to improve work health.
It has linked up...

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Workplace health promotion

Does workplace health promotion work? A review of the evidence

2 Nov 2017

Questions raised about the quality of studies reporting return on investment from workplace health promotion initiatives make it worth examining...

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Workplace wellbeing strategies linked to HR goals are on the rise

3 Mar 2017

Higher numbers of employers have adopted workplace wellbeing strategies in the past year than in previous years and they are...

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GPs gain support for mental ill-health and addiction

2 Mar 2017

A new service designed to offer support to GPs and GP trainees suffering from mental ill health and addiction has...

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