Any allegations of drink and drug abuse in the railway industry are of concern. Train Drivers, Guards, Conductors, Shunters, Signallers, Permanent Way workers and all other Safety Critical staff and their employers are subject to the Transport & Works Act which make it is criminal offence for employees to work under the influence of alcohol or drugs, additionally employers are bound by law to have procedures in place to prevent this from occurring. It is an offence under section 27 of the act for employees to carry out, and for employers to allow employees to carry out safety critical tasks while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Railway and train operators carry out drug and alcohol testing for selecting or promoting staff to safety critical tasks and after incidents. Random testing is sometimes also undertaken as a deterrent so it is important to have employees available for test, but equally it may defeat the purpose if a warning is given.
Drugs and alcohol tests and to issue applicable certificates, which enables all our customers to demonstrate compliance with the requirements of Railway Standard GE/RT8070, Network Rail drug and alcohol policy requirements.
We provide a full-range of specialist rail medicals including: