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It is important for employers and employees to understand their rights, responsibilities, and facts when it comes to drug testing

Drug testing in the workplace is an increasingly common practice and includes: pre-employment drug testing, random drug testing, testing on suspicion, and testing if there is an accident or incident.

However, drug testing does not improve workplace safety, it is ineffective at managing impairment and is highly invasive.

In New Zealand employees can only be randomly drug tested in safety sensitive environments. There is less clarity around other drug testing but it needs to be in-line with any employment agreement and should be consistent with the organisation alcohol and other drug policy. 

All drug tests should only be conducted by people qualified to collect the sample and must be analysed by a laboratory to be valid. 

What you need to know

Random drug testing does not make workplaces safer

Testing can only detect a narrow range of drugs

Health and safety efforts should focus on impairment

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