Dangers in your workplace

 

Meth is very rapidly becoming the drug of choice New Zealand society.

Unfortunately, even though people use it at home, effects last a long time and can influence their activities in the workplace. As an employer this represents a clear and present danger to the staff taking drugs, those around them might become innocent victims, and your business itself as a result of lost productivity, accidental damage, or contamination.

As a business owner you have a duty of care to provide a clean and safe workplace for your employees. Meth contamination is as likely at the workplace of a user as it is in their home.

Unfortunately you can’t smell or taste Meth in the workplace, you have to test for it. There are also implications and complications if you suspect a staff member is using meth, with regards to their employment and employment law.

If you have a suspicion the staff member is using Meth either at home or work, you need to examine your employment agreements before you take action of any nature. If you need assistance with this aspect of Meth control, please feel free to contact our HR specialist at Success Group. Graham Rodgers, 0212857776

You are however, without infringing any individual staff member’s rights, allowed to test contamination in the workplace. This could include

  • Office space
  • Vehicles
  • Canteen areas
  • Bathrooms
  • or any area that staff have access to

By conducting a general test to prove or disprove contamination of meth, you can start the process of clean-up, or dealing with staff members.

There are financial risks associated with contamination and Meth use in your workplace. As an employer you are liable to prosecution if your process is found to be contaminated. There are implications for lost productivity and most worryingly, severe repercussions and fallout from someone who is either under the influence of meth, or suffering side or after-effects and has an accident or cause an accident for another staff member.

We are able to come to your workplace and conduct different levels of testing. These can include a general test to prove or disprove Meth contamination in the building, your vehicles, or in individual work areas.

We are also able to conduct evidentiary testing on staff members should the need arise. Again, there are implications with regard to employment law if you force or implement drug testing policy, that you have the correct provisions in your employment agreements. Please call us for assistance and advice in this area, we are happy to guide you in the right direction.

If you would like to discuss any concerns you might have with regard to Meth contamination in your business please call us now on 021366414 and we can arrange in a meeting at your premises, or off site if you prefer to discuss your needs.