Drug and Alcohol Screening

Recent studies show that there is an increase in Drug and Alcohol Abuse in the general population. The taking of illicit drugs and or alcohol can seriously affect work performance, quality and productivity.

Moreover, the consumption of the above may be a contribute to accidents in the workplace; this is particularly risky when employees are required to undertake safety critical roles in the workplace. It can adversely affect working relationships between members of staff and worse still, your company reputation. Many companies are now recognising the need to introduce Drug and Alcohol policies which allow a testing service for substances of abuse at post placement and during employment in the workplace. 

Pegasus Occupational Health can assist your company by:

  • Developing and producing a Drugs and Alcohol policy that is effective for your organisation or undertaking a review of your current policy
  • Carry out the necessary testing plus reports including:
  • Post placement Drugs and Alcohol Screening
  • Point-of-contact testing
  • Random or unannounced testing
  • Legally defensible Chain of Custody procedures
  • For Cause testing
  • Arranging counselling services if required for people who have been identified with a problem
  • Provision of training for managers in your policy
  • Provision of training for employees into the effects of drugs and alcohol on the body

Blood Pressure Screening

Blood pressure is a measure of how hard your blood is pushing out against the walls of your arteries and veins. High blood pressure (or hypertension) directly increases your chance of stroke, heart attack, heart failure, kidney problems and other complications.

The longer your blood pressure remains high, the greater your risk. Blood pressure consists of two measurements; the systolic pressure and the diastolic pressure. These numbers are usually reported as the systolic pressure over the diastolic pressure, such as 120/80 mmHg (millimeters of mercury). 

Pegasus Occupational Health can measure the blood pressure of your employees, explain what these numbers mean and suggest changes that they can make to your lifestyle to bring those numbers down. In addition, we can refer your employee to their primary care provider such as their General Practitioner for further medical assessment and treatment.

Musculoskeletal Assessment

The Department of Work and Pensions estimates that musculoskeletal disorders cost the economy around £55 billion pounds per year and are the second main cause of sickness absence in the UK accounting for over 20% of long-term absenteeism.

Poor workstation design, working postures and repetitive tasks, can all lead to an increase of musculoskeletal issues amongst employees and whilst not life threatening, the long term effects on individuals can be considerable.

Therefore, there are very good economic arguments for ensuring that preventative and effective control measures are implemented in your workplace. Our experienced staff can help your business, by undertaking musculoskeletal workstation and workplace assessments and providing you with a report detailing advice on implementing cost effective solutions.

Biological Monitoring

Under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 employers have to look for the risks from chemicals in the workplace.

Employers must make sure that exposure to chemicals is either prevented or properly controlled. To do this it may be necessary to measure employee’s chemical exposure.

Ways that chemicals may enter a persons body include:

  • Breathing them in
  • Absorbing them through the skin
  • Swallowing them. This can happen if your hands become contaminated at work and you do not wash them before eating, drinking or smoking
  • Injection

Biological monitoring can be used to indicate how much of a chemical has entered a person’s body. It involves measuring the chemical that a person has been exposed to at work (or what it breaks down into) in a sample of your breath, urine or blood. Which of these three samples is used depends on how a particular chemical that a person has been exposed to is processed by the body. Biological monitoring is often used together with environmental air monitoring.

Pegasus Occupational Health Biological monitoring includes:

  • Provision of advice on suitable Monitoring Techniques for the chemicals your employees are exposed too
  • Biological Sample Collection, i.e. Blood, urine, breath
  • Confidential data management and reporting, with employee consent
  • Worker education at time of test
  • Permanently retained records (40 years)

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