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Workers impaired by alcohol or other drugs in safety sensitive environments are an accident risk. Drug testing is a convenient response but can also be costly, upset staff, and may not impact the number of accidents. At least some drug testing can be replaced or scaled back in favour of policies and training focussed simply on identifying and responding to impairment.

Get clear about what drug testing is, and what it's limits are.

The Drug Foundation is an unbiased expert, and frequently provides guidance on best practice for drug testing and other alcohol and drug related issues in the workplace.

We often provide organisations with recommendations that can:

  • Save time and money
  • Improve employee satisfaction through greater compassion
  • Reduce alcohol and other drug incidents and accidents
  • Reduce harm to employees from alcohol and other drug use.
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