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Lisa J Roberts
The Links of Occupational Health
Intervention and Drug and Alcohol Testing
Introduction to Alere Toxicology
Importance of having a drug and alcohol policy
Principle of the policy
Key elements of the policy
Consequence of testing positive
Scenario - Occupational Health - the missing link
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Alere Toxicology overview
Alere Toxicology is a subsidiary company of Alere Inc
Alere Toxicology is a leading provider of drug and alcohol testing
services in Europe
Two UKAS accredited ISO/IEC:17025 laboratories
Over 10 Million drug tests per annum
Over 5,000 Customers including the Police and Home Office
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Alere Tox Abingdon Alere Tox Canary Wharf
Importance of having a policy
Satisfy legal responsibilities
Agreed process to deal with misuse issues
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Principle of a policy
A policy should drive
Drugs & Alcohol
out of the workplace,
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Key elements of a policy
Rules and responsibilities
Help for those with dependency problems
How is it managed?
When should it be made available?
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Key elements of a policy
Communication of the policy
Drug and alcohol awareness
Recognising signs and symptoms of misuse and taking
For cause testing
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Consequences of testing positive
Two strikes and out?
Help with rehabilitation?
Is it a dependency problem (evidence)?
What should help with rehabilitation include?
What conditions are attached to the offer of help?
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Drug and alcohol misuse can create tough challenges, impacting
on communities, the workplace, families and individuals. Every day
employers have to take on these challenges – often making difficult
decisions that will affect the health and wellbeing of those in
The missing link in the majority of cases is OH.
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Organisation has a drug and alcohol policy
Absence due to sickness, trends may be identified
Minor ailments only identified, work has deteriorated
Signs of neglect to physical appearance and ‘troubled’ relationships
Manager raises concern
Individual goes off absent prior to any management meeting
Individual then reports having a drug / alcohol dependency
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What OH can bring – a holistic approach
Effective communication and planning led by OH Case Managers
Clear evidence based and targeted advice to employer, consideration
of safety critical roles
Ensuring appropriate and planned care pathway into primary care
Evidence based practice to support presenting problem
Increase unannounced drug and alcohol testing on individual
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Engage OH services to provide the missing link of;
Holistic approach to OH Case Management
Clear advice to enable effective management of individual
Utilise supportive information technology
Manage absence – early intervention is key
Increase awareness – employee training / education
Set out clear schedule guidance
Provide a sound random screening programme
Consideration to health and wellbeing
Thank you for listening
If you would like to speak to us in more detail or about reviewing
your drug and alcohol policy or occupational health and wellbeing
come and speak to us on stand M2000.
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