Brake’s value training for employers to prevent drink and drug driving

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Drink Driving Campaign
Drink Driving Campaign

Road safety charity Brake is urging employers to tackle drink and drug driving among at-work drivers. To help employers ensure they have the right measures in place to prevent drink and drug driving, Brake has announced a seminar on the topic. The seminar will share the latest research into drink and drug driving and its affects as well as providing guidance on workplace interventions and the next steps in roadside enforcement technology.

The seminar, sponsored by Dtec, is entitled Zero Tolerance: Tackling drink and drug driving and will provide essential training for any organisation employing at-work drivers. Leading experts will discuss the latest research into the dangers of driving after consuming any amount of alcohol or drugs and effective interventions, such as random testing and education programmes. The seminar will also feature an interactive session.

The seminar will take place from 12pm until 4pm on Wednesday 14 October 2015 in central Manchester. Places cost just £70 + VAT for Brake Professional members and £120 + VAT for non-members.

Ellie Pearson, professional engagement manager at Brake, says: “It’s really important that any organisation employing at-work drivers takes steps to tackle drink and drug driving. This seminar is a fantastic opportunity for employers to hear first-hand from leading practitioners about the issue, and I’d urge organisations to attend.” 

Ean Lewin, managing director of Dtec International, says: “After nearly 20 years of drug and alcohol testing in responsible safety conscious companies across the UK, where we have to keep results confidential, the use of DrugWipe at the roadside by the police since March, and the subsequent publication in the media of the significant numbers of prosecutions, should highlight the need for companies not to rely on just having a policy, but to make sure they can prove to a judge that they were operating that policy. As far as ‘corporate manslaughter’ this means companies performing risk assessments and doing their own drug and alcohol screening. Come along and find out how what is perceived as a difficult situation can have simple solutions.”