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Complacency during travel safety briefings

By | March 10th, 2015|News|

How many times have you been on-board an aircraft or ferry (or even cruise ships for those of us who don’t get horrendously sea sick on longer trips) and ACTUALLY listened to the safety brief given by the highly trained staff? How many times have you seen others just ignoring the crew or who are more interested in what the baggage handlers are doing on the Airbus 320 parked on the adjacent stand? Are YOU complacent, or is it purely that you can’t be bothered? These briefings are not only a requirement of international aviation and maritime law but there for your welfare and that of your fellow travellers. […]

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The Daily Case – March 2015

By | March 2nd, 2015|News|

Download THE DAILY CASE - March 2015 In this issue: Drug Abuse in the Workplace Is Your Workplace Drug Free? BP [...]

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Drug driving – Roadside drug testing – The new Law

By | February 24th, 2015|News|

From the 2nd March 2015 there will be a noticeable change to the current drug driving laws. There are new limits set for both illegal drugs and also certain prescription medications. The illegal drugs and their limits are: Heroin and diamorphine – 5µg/L LSD – 1µg/L Cocaine – 10µg/L Benzoylecgonine (cocaine) – 50 micrograms per litre of blood (µg/L) Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (cannabis) – 2µg/L Methylamphetamine – 10µg/L MDMA (ecstasy) – 10µg/L Ketamine – 20µg/L […]

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To pee or not to pee? That is the question when drug testing in the workplace

By | January 19th, 2015|News|

Testing employees for illicit drugs in the workplace is an essential procedure when those employees are in safety critical roles. When under the influence of a substance, the safety of your employee and the people around them is compromised. Routine drug testing allows you to monitor your workforce and enables you to be prepared to support your employees should an issue become apparent. In the last 10 years, oral fluid testing has come to the forefront of drug detection in the workplace; however, it is still not as widely used as the more accepted method of urine testing. So how do you know which one to use in your business? […]

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Prohibited articles – Travelling safely abroad – “finding out the hard way”

By | January 14th, 2015|News|

It is often said that ignorance is no defence. This is certainly accurate and nowhere more true than when travelling [...]

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How do you solve a problem like Legal Highs?

By | January 7th, 2015|News|

For a drug to be covered by the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, the drug’s unique chemical structure is defined. Can you see the loophole? In order to make a drug legal, you just need to alter the structure enough so that it is not covered by the legalities. Change the structure a little and you still get the same high without making it illegal. In some cases you can even make it more potent! Ignoring the challenges that the chemists will encounter during synthesis, it’s a theoretically, simple alteration that can be utilised for a number of years. Taking Mephedrone as an example, it was “rediscovered” in 2003 (originally synthesised in 1929) and its use was widespread in Europe by the late 2000s. […]

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BP Associates Christmas Message

By | December 17th, 2014|News|

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How does the change in the Scottish Drink Drive Level affect your business?

By | December 4th, 2014|News|

From the 5th December 2014 there will be a noticeable change to the current Scottish Drink-Drive limit, just before your office Christmas parties get into full swing. The reduction will see the blood limit decrease from 80mg of alcohol in every 100 ml of blood to 50 mg of alcohol in every 100 ml of blood. Subsequent reductions in the breath limit from 35 mcg of alcohol in 100 ml of breath to 22 mcg of alcohol in every 100 ml of breath and a reduction in the urine limit from 107 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of urine to 67 mg of alcohol in every 100 ml of urine. The decrease is significant and will catch many employers and employees out if they are ill prepared to manage this change. […]

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