DATS - Drug & Alcohol Testing Services Limited

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T: 01642 937 323  /  M: 07896 493 776

DATS - Drug & Alcohol Testing Services Limited

Network Rail

The safety of the Network Rail workforce, contractors, the travelling public and the wider community is extremely important because at DATS we recognise that Drug & Alcohol misuse affects an individual's innate ability to work safely, is inimical to high standards necessarily expected and puts lives at risk. DATS works with Employers / QSHE Managers / HR professionals and Sponsors to prevent and detect substance and alcohol misuse in the workplace.

APPROVED NETWORK RAIL SUPPLIER FOR DRUG & ALCOHOL TESTING

SENTINEL COMPETENCE [NR/L2/OHS/050]

With Link-up approval, North East based DATS is endorsed and authorised to carry out Drug & Alcohol testing for [a] individuals applying for [or renewing] their Sentinel Competence, [b] Personal Track Safety [a competency required by individuals who go on or near the line as defined in NR/L2/CTM/021 and GE/RT8000] and [c] safety critical work [Railways and other Guided Transport Systems (Safety) Regulations 2006]. All our testing is designed to deliver compliance with the requirements of the Transport & Works Act 1992, Network Rail's Health & Safety Management System and Railway Group Standard GE/RT 8070 Drugs and Alcohol.

CHAIN OF CUSTODY DRUG TESTING

A DATS, we ensure that a strict and well established chain of custody collection ensures a process to maintain and document the chronological history of a Drugs and Alcohol sample in order to guarantee the identity and integrity of the sample from collection through to reporting of the test results and one which leads to a legally defensible report.

WHAT WE TEST FOR

In addition to alcohol, banned substances which are subject to screening are:

  • Amphetamines
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Cannabis
  • Cocaine
  • Methadone
  • Opiates
  • Propoxyphene
  • MDMA (Ecstacy)

SCOPE & TECHNICAL DATA

As an approved Rail Track medical service provider to undertake Drug & Alcohol testing in areas including Middlesbrough / Teesside / Hartlepool / Sunderland / Newcastle upon Tyne / County Durham / North Yorkshire & South Yorkshire [and being listed on the Approved Network Rail Supplier Register] DATS is authorised to conduct Drug & Alcohol testing:

  • Pre-employment - [NR/L2/OHS/00120] pre-appointment and periodic testing for Drugs and Alcohol.
  • Random - [NR/L2/OHS/00118] random testing for Drugs and Alcohol.
  • For Cause - [NR/L2/OHS/00119] for cause testing for Drugs and Alcohol. Where there are grounds to suspect that an employee [or contractor] is unfit through drugs or alcohol following accidents or serious incidents or where a credible report or 'tip off' relating to a group of workers or a work location has been divulged and / or where there is evidence of drugs and alcohol consumption found on a work site within Network Rail premises.
  • Periodic - as part of a periodic or routine age related medical examination.
  • Pre-appointment - promotion or on first transfer to a post which requires the holder to be qualified in Network Rail competences such as Personal Track Safety [or] is designated as a Safety Critical Work post (this shall additionally include all cases where the donor has a new sponsor and where the donor has a valid Competence Specific Medical Fitness Assessment certificate but requires proof that a Drug & Alcohol test has been passed within the last 12 months).

LABORATORIES

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE COMPETENCE OF TESTING AND CALIBRATION LABORATORIES

Our specialist Toxicology Laboratories are Link-up approved and hold national and international accreditations including UKAS ISO/IEC 17025:2005. Methods of analysing samples include Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) [a technique used to identify and accurately measure the concentration or their metabolites present in the sample] and our expert scientists isolate, identify and quantify toxic substances through planning and carrying out of laboratory tests.

MEDICAL REVIEW OFFICERS [MRO's]

Our expert MRO's are also Link-up approved and authorised to:

Make sound judgements on the clinical need for the quantity of a substance found in the Laboratory Analysis of a sample [and] give appropriate advice to Network Rail on the implications for the fitness for work where a drug screen result is negative on the basis of legitimate medication.

DRUG & ALCOHOL TESTING THROUGHOUT ENGLAND / SCOTLAND AND WALES

Whilst DATS is predominantly focussed in the North of England, Drug & Alcohol testing is now undertaken throughout the United Kingdom, Scotland and Wales.

QUICK CONTACT

Drug & Alcohol Testing Services
Suite 4
Boho 6
Linthorpe Road
Middlesbrough
TS1 1RE

T: 01642 937 323
M: 07896 493 776

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Drug & Alcohol Testing Services Ltd is registered in England & Wales at Suite 4, Boho 6, Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 1RE. Company registration number: 08502777.

Registered with the information Commissioners Office as a Data Registrar number: ZA024824. VAT registration number: 170 4891 01

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