Contractor introduces fingerprint drug testing
Construction group Masterson Holdings has announced plans to hold quarterly fingerprint drug testing for its onsite and offsite employees, according to Construction Enquirer.
Masterson, which runs three businesses covering carpentry, concreting and plant hire, will be randomly checking employees from directors to labourers through an in-house programme.
“There are, of course, urine and saliva drug tests on the market but the fingerprint method fitted the bill for us as we are able to test our employees ourselves – at a random time to suit us, with rapid on-site results”, commented Andrew Chowings of their concrete business GetJar.
HSE offers guidance for employers on alcohol and drug testing, which notes that “employees must consent to screening for practical and legal reasons”.