Drugs and alcohol put under the spotlight

The effect of drugs and alcohol on the construction industry is the focus of the Considerate Constructors Scheme’s new Spotlight on… campaign.

A survey conducted by the Scheme of over 1300 people working across the industry found that 65% have never been tested for drugs and alcohol, 35% have noticed their colleagues under the influence and 23% said it affected them through decreased attention during work.

Edward Hardy, Chief Executive of the Considerate Constructors Scheme said:

Maintaining a safe working environment is of the utmost importance for any employer; this not only applies to the workforce, but also the surrounding public and anybody else who may be affected.

Spotlight on… drugs and alcohol is an essential read for everyone, as the Scheme’s latest industry survey revealed 59% of respondents agree that drugs and alcohol are issues of concern. It is clear action must be taken across the industry to ensure workforce safety, health and wellbeing on sites and in companies throughout the UK.

The Spotlight on… campaign focuses on taking measures to protect and safeguard the entire workforce in relation to drugs and alcohol.

A number of Scheme-registered contractors have provided case studies on how they tackle this issue, including: A-one+ Integrated Highways Services; Ardmore Construction Ltd; Ballymore; Bowmer & Kirkland; Interserve; Jerram Falkus; John F Hunt Demolition Ltd; John Sisk & Son Ltd; Mick George Ltd; and Mulalley & Co Ltd. All case studies are available on the Best Practice Hub.

Survey results:

59% have concerns over the effects of drugs and alcohol in construction.

65% have never been tested for drugs and alcohol

39% admitted the issue of drugs or alcohol could be better tackled in their workplace

35% have noticed their colleagues under the influence of drugs and alcohol

25% agreed drugs or alcohol affected them at work through tiredness

23% agreed it affected them through decreased attention during work

19% agreed the affects made them less productive at work

Click here to read the Scheme’s ‘Spotlight on… drugs and alcohol’