New Law to test all road users for drugs will be introduced.    
20/11/2012 12:12:47
A seminar ?Managing the Performance, Safety and Health Risks of Employee Drug and Alcohol Use? taking place in the Ashling Hotel, Dublin on Thursday 31st January 2013 and in the Prince of Wales Hotel, Athlone on Thursday 23rd May 2013, will consider the implications for business on a proposed new law to test all road users for drug driving, was recently announced by the Minister for Transport, Leo Varadker TD. A new Road Traffic Bill will be introduced which would include roadside impairment testing for drugs. The new law will have implications for those who drive in the course of their work. Currently commercial drivers who register a reading of greater than 20mg/100ml of alcohol are deemed not fit to drive and the proposed new drug testing will pose an additional threat to employee livelihood.
Announcing the seminar in the Convention Centre, Dublin were, left to right, Paul Hoover, EAP and Aviation Behavioural Consultant, USA, Maurice Quinlan, Director, EAP Institute, Waterford and Gary McCutcheon, Operations Manager, Randox Testing Service
Registration details at Research by the Medical Bureau on Road Safety (MBRS) indicates that driving under the influence of drugs is increasing with cannabis, tranquilizers, cocaine, ecstasy, opiates and amphetamines the most common drugs that show up in tests. Since 2007 some 5835 positive tests were detected but only 2912 were taken to court.
Section 13(1) b of the Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 requires that an employee should ensure that he or she is not under the influence of an intoxicant to the extent that he or she is in such a state as to endanger his or her own safety health or welfare at work or that of any other person. Section 19(1) requires that employers should assess the risks presented by those hazards and include them in a written assessment. A further requirement under Section 20(1) of the Act is that the control measures for intoxicants should be included in the safety statement.
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