As the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) have shown, around 1,000 of 3,500 road deaths each year involve people working. They are work-related deaths. Yet, our workplace police, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), do not support them being recorded as such and therefore investigated. Why not? Many of these deaths have been shown to be fatigue- related. Our drivers are stressed-out, work very long hours (the new Working Time Directive does not cover transport), often load and unload many times, have lousy cab conditions and are very poorly paid. No wonder some fall asleep at the wheel!
Drug testing is only valid where your activities many endanger other people's health and safety and/or your work performance is significantly impaired. If found positive you may need help; not discipline or the sack. If it is to be introduced then let the company boardrooms and House of Commons - both after lunch and the weekend - set us an example first!
A J P DALTON
Health and Safety Co-ordinator
Transport and General Workers Union
London SW1Reuse content