Do you need a Drug and Alcohol Policy?
Employers may have to tackle problems relating to drug and alcohol misuse among employees at some time. It is estimated that problems caused by misuse cost UK industry £800 million per year. Problems caused by misuse disrupt business continuity and can cause financial instability. Also, there may be more severe consequences to employee’s health, safety and welfare.
All organisations have a duty of care to their employees. Drug and alcohol misuse can destroy the individual concerned. Also, it can have a detrimental effect on the wider workforce. This can also affect customers and so the organisation’s performance.
As a result, organisations must be aware of the potential problems. They should be confident that they have the expertise and drug and alcohol policy in place to deal with situations. The aim should be to drive drugs and alcohol out of the organisation, not the people. Implementation of a robust drug and alcohol testing programme is key. But it is also crucial to have a compliant drug and alcohol policy in place to underpin this process.
BSc (Hons) Bio Medical Science Company Founder and Director
I started the company back in 2005 as a post graduate in Bio Medical Science from John Moores University in Liverpool. I started out with a laboratory in Liverpool and opened 23 DNA Clinics around the UK. My passion has always been to provide people with the best possible advice and support for the testing service they are looking at. I feel we achieve this by having a team of highly educated and dedicated individuals, who also believe in my values.
A lot has happened since 2005 and I have learned a lot as a woman in business. I am proud of what we have achieved, and it still gives me great satisfaction to give opportunities to graduates as they start their careers as young scientists.
I am very much a family person outside of the business. My passion is spending quality time with my family, reading and walking my 4 beautiful dogs!