Gareth Salisbury

Biography

Gareth works within the Workplace Testing division of D.tec International Limited. His current role as National Sales Manager includes advising and assisting organisations with drug & alcohol policy development, providing ongoing support and educational resources including tailored Awareness Training, implementing robust, credible drug & alcohol screening systems and finally a focused, methodical account management experience, ensuring organisations feel a valued client.

 

Expert view:

How exposed are transport and logistics businesses to the UK’s growing drugs culture?

The UK’s growing drugs culture is well documented. According to the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures, 9.5% of adults aged 16 to 59 years (3.1 million adults), reported last year drug use.

With drug use so clearly prevalent throughout society, the probability of some of your workforce being unfit to undertake their duties through drugs, is higher than you might think.

In a typical transport and logistics business, many workers will be driving vehicles or operating machinery. In an industry which already poses a significant number of safety risks, making sure employees are fit to work, should be a priority.

In February, the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) published the results from Operation Limit, a nationally coordinated campaign, which brings all police forces together in a concerted efforted to remove drink and drug drivers from our roads.

The latest initiative took place over a 4-week period from 1st December 2023 and resulted in over 56,000 drink and drug tests being conducted at the roadside and over 6,600 arrests.

In England and Wales, 48.5% of drug tests were positive. 75% of those arrested were over the age of 25. In some areas, police forces arrested more motorists for drug driving than drink driving during.

Merseyside Police for example recorded 469 drug driving arrests compared to 191 for drink driving showing how prolific drug driving has become. The same force caught more than 2,700 drug drivers during 2023.

It’s not just about the festive period though, the problem exists all year round. Some police forces report that over half of those being caught drug driving are driving to work or for work.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are taking notice. Towards the end of 2021, HSE published updated guidance on work-related road risk (WRRR) for employers and workers.

This puts more onus on employers to remind workers of their obligations not to drive under the influence of drink or drugs.

Of course, this step alone will by no means solve the problem, but it does perhaps formalise a growing interest from regulators and the justice system, something businesses need to be acutely aware of.

Drug taking has become common place but that doesn’t mean that it is acceptable in the workplace – especially your workplace.

As an employer, addressing the challenge might currently sit in the ‘too difficult box’. However, with the support of an experienced team, which has been providing turnkey solutions on the subject for more than 25 years, we can make it simple.

D.tec International is the UK’s leading provider of DrugWipe which is used globally for police roadside driver drug screening and supplying all 43 police forces in England, Wales and Scotland. We also support hundreds of corporate clients – including those operating in the transport and logistics sector.

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Zero Tolerance of Drink and Drug Misuse in the Workplace

Does your company need to test for drink and drug misuse? During the annual Christmas Operation Limit Campaign, many forces reported an increase in positive tests, highlighting the need for companies to protect themselves. Join us as we delve into why you should be promoting zero tolerance in your business, what options and support are available and how you can get started today.