A REPORT has been submitted to Barnsley Council proposing that its employees should be drug and alcohol tested.

The report, named the Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy, proposes the introduction of both random and specific testing for employees.

Subject to approval at Cabinet on July 27, any council employee could be randomly selected for a drug or alcohol test.

If a manager was concerned about a specific employee’s behaviour, or where an incident or near miss took place, specific testing would apply, the report explains.

‘The council is committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment for its employees, customers and visitors,’ the report to Cabinet says.

‘This includes ensuring that employees are fit to carry out their duties safely and effectively in a working environment which is free from alcohol and drugs misuse.’