Dutch employers break law to drug test workers, push for it to be made legal

A brand new examine has discovered that hundreds of staff within the Netherlands are illegally examined for drug use. 

The Netherlands could also be recognized internationally for liberal attitudes to weed and occasion medication — however in terms of the workplaces, it’s the employers who’re breaking the principles.

In line with Dutch legislation, solely drivers, skippers, and pilots are allowed to be topic to random drug testing. When this does occur, the take a look at needs to be carried out by an organization physician and the outcomes ought to stay confidential.

Nevertheless, there are various instances of different corporations testing their staff — with out adhering to those circumstances. In these instances, it’s usually the corporate’s safety guards who perform the exams, or different exterior testing corporations will likely be introduced in.

This info got here to gentle following an investigative report by Trouw, De Groene Amsterdammer and De Stentor on the analysis journalism platform, Investico.

Testing at meat processing firm

The report seemed on the outcomes of such unlawful testing at a meat processing firm. The exams confirmed that a variety of medication are utilized by migrant staff who should carry out repetitive and heavy work.

The outcomes discovered that 6.5% of workers had used marijuana, 5% had used onerous medication and a couple of.6% had consumed alcohol.

Among the Polish workers who work on the firm confirmed to investigators that workers typically use velocity with a view to work extra shortly. The faster they labored, the extra they might be rewarded by their employer.

Unlawful however let’s break the taboo

One of many corporations concerned within the investigation, Arbofit, admitted that they take a look at their workers illegally and supplied up their outcomes. They did this as a result of they consider the taboo round testing workers needs to be lifted.

A spokesperson for Arbofit additionally advised the investigators that they worth the well being and security of their workers over privateness legal guidelines. “On behalf of the shopper, we let well being and security prevail over privateness guidelines. Workers have the proper to work safely.”

May this be allowed in future?

The Netherlands could enable for workers to be drug examined by their corporations sooner or later. The VNO-NCW and MKB Nederland (employer’s organizations) have been advocating for the authorized testing of staff for fairly a while now.

Presently, the Dutch authorities has been engaged on increasing the legislation to permit for the testing of these working within the chemical business within the Netherlands.

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