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Updated Network Rail Drug and Alcohol Screening Standard
It is with
great pleasure that we welcome the recent update to the Network Rail Drugs and
Alcohol Standard. The standard (NR/L2/OHS/00120), which was published on 3
September 2022, will see an increase from 5% to 20% of all safety critical
colleagues to be randomly selected for a Drug and Alcohol screen each year. The
updated business process applies to all Network Rail employees, prospective
candidates, contractors, the supply chain, and any individual who works for or
on behalf of Network Rail.
has been implemented with the aim of preventing the commission of offences
involving drugs or alcohol. It also prevents the recruitment of individuals who
misuse drugs or alcohol and ensures a fairly managed, random screening system
is in place.
current proliferation of drugs in society, the change to the Network Rail
standard couldn’t have been introduced at a more fitting time. Statistics recently released by the Ministry
of Justice (MOJ) indicate that 206 drug and drink driving offences are
committed every day in England and Wales - a total of 75,159 offences annually.
Further, the newly published data highlights that convictions for drug driving
have more than trebled over the past five years from 7,683 in 2017, to 27,962
by the end of 2021.
Whilst this updated regulation only directly applies
to the Rail Industry, it can be argued that every PSV, HGV, coach, van, plant,
machinery and company car driver, are ‘safety critical’ and therefore, organisations
should look to implement a similar standard as a minimum. With 74% of substance
abusers in full-time employment, it is naïve to assume that your organisation
isn’t affected by drink or drug drivers, suggesting the management of substance
misuse should be a priority for all employers.
director, senior manager, or transport manager you not only have a social and
moral responsibility, but as outlined by The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), you have a legal duty to
protect your employees’ health, safety and welfare. In a court of law, you are considered personally responsible for ensuring
you do the right thing when it comes to drug and alcohol screening. Sadly,
there are weekly news reports relating to fatalities and serious injuries
arising from work related incidents. Following an incident, the court will
consider the actions of the employer. Did they take reasonable steps to manage
the risks and do everything reasonably practicable to protect people from harm?
is now apportioned by role and significant fines and prosecution including
custodial sentences are now handed out personally.
Understanding the signs of drug and alcohol misuse
will help you to manage health and safety risk in your workplace, develop a
policy to deal with drug and alcohol-related problems and most importantly, support
We email@example.com to see how we can help keep your workforce protected.f you are looking to implement drug and alcohol screening within your organisation, give us a call today on 0800 371898 or email