RMT Guidance On LUL Drugs & Alcohol Policy
Following abuses by management of the drug and alcohol procedure, your RMT reps on the Trains Funcional Council have produced the attached guidance document for your attention.
RMT GUIDANCE ON THE DRUG AND ALCOHOL PROCEDURE
Following recent abuses of the D & A procedure on the Piccadilly Line were drivers
have been routinely tested following a SPAD and in one instance where a driver was
tested for taking a train out of service, agreement has been reached at the Trains
Functional Council on February 10 th 2012. The Trains Functional Council agreed that
the Piccadilly Line’s instructions to test post SPAD will be withdrawn and that the
normal procedures will apply.
The main procedures that all drivers should be aware of are outlined below:
FOR CAUSE TESTING
'For cause' testing is carried out when a manager has a reasonable cause to believe that an
employee is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or is unfit/impaired for duty because of
alcohol or drugs use or misuse. The manager will require the employee to undergo testing
for the presence of drugs and alcohol.
Where managers suspect an employee to be under the influence of alcohol they should
confirm their suspicions by observations of the employee's speech, eyes, appearance,
behaviour, gait, co-ordination, movements, and principally by the smell of alcohol on their
breath. They should as far as practicable obtain a second opinion from another manager (if
necessary asking one to attend from another location). If in doubt use the GUESS acronym
used by the Police:- G - GAIT U - UNSTEADY E - EYES GLAZED S - SPEECH SLURRED
S - SMELL.
The question of an employee‘s meal break becoming due during testing arises from time to
time. In the case of unannounced testing, the tests can be deferred for half an hour after the
meal break has been completed.
POST INCIDENT TESTING PROCEDURES
Alcohol and drug tests after dangerous incidents are part of the company's initiative to meet
the 'due diligence' requirements of the Transport and Works Act 1992.
If the individual wishes to use the toilet, they should be supervised as closely as possible in
the circumstances. They should be discouraged from taking any bag or other object into the
toilet with them. They should be asked to empty their pockets first. (NB: any possessions not
returned immediately to the individual should be listed and secured - LU will be liable should
anything be lost). If the police are due to arrive shortly, any visits to the toilet should, if
possible, be delayed until their arrival.
If the employee asks to do so, s/he can notify their trade union representative, solicitor
and/or family… No procedures should be held up for such notification to be made and only
the Trade Union Representative… should be allowed on the scene and then only as an
GOING OVER YOUR BOOKING OFF TIME
If you have gone over your booking off time while waiting to be tested, you are fully entitled to
go home. LU will make arrangements for you to be tested on your next working day. If for any
reason management have called the police to test you, you are still entitled to go home
following your booking off time. LU you have no right to unlawfully detain you. Management
however, have the right to provide your personal details to the police.
IF IN ANY DOUBT ABOUT THE ABOVE CONTACT YOUR FUNCTIONAL REPS
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