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Our Drug and Alcohol Testing Consent Form Template simplifies obtaining consent for testing, ensuring compliance and confidentiality.


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What is a Drug and alcohol testing consent form?

The purpose of a Drug and Alcohol Testing Consent form is to obtain explicit permission from an individual to conduct drug and alcohol testing. This consent ensures compliance with legal and organisational policies, protects the individual's privacy and rights, and allows for a fair and transparent testing process.

A Drug and Alcohol Testing Consent form is used in various situations, including pre-employment screening, random testing of current employees, post-accident testing, and testing based on reasonable suspicion of drug or alcohol use during work hours.

Best practice timescale for this to be issued
When should this form be issued?
Prior to commencing work / as and when required for existing employees
Issued by who, to whom
Who should issue this form, and to whom?
The Employer (you) to the Employee
Applicable legal jurisdictions
In which jurisdictions can this form be used?
Great Britain & NI (United Kingdom), Worldwide

How can I ensure that this formis executed effectively?

Step Description Responsibility Timing
1 Inform the employee about the drug and alcohol testing policy. HR or Management Before employment
2 Provide the employee with a Drug and Alcohol Testing Consent Form. HR or Management Before testing
3 Explain the reasons for testing and the testing process. HR or Management Before testing
4 Obtain the employee's signed consent on the consent form. Employee Before testing
5 Conduct drug and alcohol testing as per the company policy. Third-party tester As required by policy

What legislation and best practice guidelines have been taken into account in the development of this template?

United Kingdom

Drug and Alcohol Testing in the workplace is regulated by UK employment legislation to ensure fairness and safety.

  • Health and Safety at Work Act 1974: Employers have a duty to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of their employees, which includes managing risks related to drugs and alcohol in the workplace.

  • Misuse of Drugs Act 1971: Regulates the use, possession, and supply of controlled drugs and substances, including drug testing in safety-critical roles.

  • Transport and Works Act 1992: Requires employees in safety-critical roles in the transport sector to undergo drug and alcohol testing.

  • Employment Rights Act 1996: Protects employees from unfair dismissal and discrimination related to drug and alcohol testing, provided it is carried out following proper procedures.

  • Data Protection Act 2018: Regulates the processing of personal data, including the collection and storage of drug and alcohol test results, ensuring employee privacy and confidentiality.

Other territories

Consult your jurisdiction's employment legislation or labor laws to ensure compliance with the template. Review the language for local precision.

Drug and alcohol testing consent

I, [Employee's Full Name], hereby consent to undergo drug and alcohol testing as part of [Company Name]'s workplace policy. I understand that this testing may be conducted for the following purposes:

  1. Pre-employment screening to determine my suitability for employment.
  2. Random testing to ensure a safe and drug-free workplace.
  3. Post-accident testing in case of any workplace accidents or incidents.
  4. Reasonable suspicion testing if there is reasonable belief that I may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol during work hours.

I acknowledge that the testing will be conducted in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations and that the results will be kept confidential. I understand that refusal to undergo testing may lead to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.

I have been fully informed of the reasons for this [urine | saliva | breath | insert other] test for drug and/or alcohol.

I understand what I am being tested for, the procedure involved, and do hereby freely give my consent. In addition, I understand that the results of this test will become part of my record.

I am fully aware of the policy of [Company] should a positive result be detected, and if this test result is positive I understand that I will be given the opportunity to explain the results of this test.

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Version: [1.0]

Issue date: [date]

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