SUSPENDED FROM WORK FOR FAILING A DRUGS & ALCOHOL TEST
Suspension from work as a result of failing a drug & alcohol test can have devastating and far reaching consequences not only for the individual concerned but their future prospects of employment. The stress caused by this is not the only factor one has to inevitably take into account as the financial implications of suspension and quite possibly loss of employment may have long term consequences.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE SUSPENDED FROM WORK AMIDST ALLEGATIONS OF FAILING A DRUG & ALCOHOL TEST
If you are subject to a drug & alcohol test at your place and you are told that you have failed for one or more reasons and you genuinely believe that the test was  deliberately mishandled  without your consent or  simply incorrect, DATS will [subject to availability] subject you to a further legally defensible drug & alcohol test. In those circumstances time is of the essence and any testing must take place as soon as is reasonably practicable
PROCESS FOR LEGALLY DEFENSIBLE DRUG & ALCOHOL TESTING WHEN YOU ARE SUSPENDED FROM WORK
In the event that you undergo an independent drug & alcohol test with DATS, you will be required to:
- Attend our offices as soon as is reasonably practicable with the appropriate fee
- Provide photographic identification OR two other forms of identification, typically a utility bill, credit card statement, council tax bill
- Supply us [where appropriate] with a list of your current medication and / or prescription
- Prior to supplying us with a sample of urine [or saliva] you will be handed a Donor Information Sheet [that will explain the process that you will undergo]
- You will then be asked to supply us with a sample of urine under strict Chain of Custody procedures
- The urine sample will then be carefully separated into part [a] and [b] containers, carefully sealed barcoded and exhibited in your presence before being placed into tamper proof packaging and finally sent to our Toxicology Department for further expert analysis.
- This will culminate in a laboratory report which is legally defensible
WHY UNDERGO AN INDEPENDENT DRUG & ALCOHOL TEST WHEN YOU HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED FOR FAILING A WORK PLACED TEST?
Quite simply, undergoing a second independent and legally defensible test will provide you with the appropriate evidence to challenge any adverse findings from an earlier test. Clearly this would be wholly fact specific and contingent on a variety of factors not least the basis upon which the initial test was undertaken. For further advise on how to deal with suspension from work following a positive drug & alcohol test, call 01642 937 323.