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Drugs Detection Dogs in the Work Place

Substance misuse has become increasingly prevalent in today's society with its effects being felt in the home, the workplace and on the streets. With increasing problems of illegal drugs use including Cannabis, Cocaine & Opiates in the workplace, employers are now turning to innovative ways to tackle the problem of drug use by instructing Nationwide Dog Handlers to deploy a drugs detection dog to identify individuals and locations where illegal drugs may be stored. With a multi-disciplinary approach to tackling and eradicating substance misuse in the workplace, Nationwide Dog Handlers can deploy a drugs detection dog in both a 'passive' setting for scanning employees

  1. Entering
  2. Operating or
  3. Leaving places of work or in the 'pro-active' setting whereby a drugs detection dog will invariably be deployed in large open areas although lockers, canteens and designated smoking areas are often targeted for searches.

The advantages of deploying a drugs detection dog are three fold:

  1. Deployment of a drugs detection dog results is perhaps the least invasive way of deterring illegal drugs being brought / stored / supplied / sold in the workplace.
  2. Deployment of a drugs detection dog causes little if any obvious disruption to working practices.
  3. Deployment of a drugs detection dog enables large / facility wide areas to be covered in a relatively short space of time in a highly effective way.

Drug Abuse & Duties of Care

Preventing Cannabis, Cocaine and Opiate Misuse in the Workplace

Combating illegal drug abuse in the workplace is accordingly extremely important in today's workplace but assumes even greater significance in 'critical safe' industries and environments where the employee has the potential to harm themselves or the wider public by their acts or omissions. Certain employers now have a non-delegable duty of care which requires them statutorily to enforce reasonable and proportionate measures to identify and eliminate drug abuse in the workplace. In conformity with the character of this duty employers are now turning to Nationwide Dog Handlers to deploy a drugs detection dog to provide an effective and non invasive means of identifying and tackling this problem. By parity of reasoning, instructing Nationwide Dog Handlers to deploy a drug detection dog has longer terms benefits to the employer sending out a clear and unequivocal message that they will take robust and effective steps to eradicate illegal substance misuse in the workplace.

Benefits of Eradicating Illegal Substance Abuse

Combating drug abuse in the workplace such as Heroin, Amphetamines and Ecstasy has been shown to:

  1. Reduce absenteeism
  2. Reduce sickness
  3. Reduce accidents in the workplace and,
  4. Increase productivity

It also demonstrates a high level of commitment to promoting a safe system of working and an added layer of capability now available to the employer in their pursuit of a substance free workplace.

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