Screening for psychoactive substances at the workplace - A review

Paulo H. Marques, C. Jacinto

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Abstract

Although the goal of reducing occupational accidents is often used as an argument to justify workplace screening programs on psychoactive substances, the literature on the topic shows lack of scientific basis for such assumption. Among other reasons, few publications offer quantitative studies, and even fewer are able to provide sound statistical evidence of this cause-to-effect relationship. This paper provides a literature review on the subject and discusses the current knowledge in this field. The review shows that more research is needed to establish causal links between individual submission to psychoactive substances testing and subsequent accident reduction. In the aftermath of this review the authors suggest that such relationship should be evaluated by comparing empirical evidence of accident rates among workers previously tested, with accident rates among workers untested, all other things being equal.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOccupational Safety and Hygiene II - Selected Extended and Revised Contributions from the International Symposium Occupational Safety and Hygiene, SHO 2014
Editors Arezes et al
PublisherTaylor & Francis Group
Pages429-433
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781138001442
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event10th International Symposium on Occupational Safety and Hygiene, SHO 2014 - Guimaraes, Portugal
Duration: 13 Feb 201414 Feb 2014

Conference

Conference10th International Symposium on Occupational Safety and Hygiene, SHO 2014
CountryPortugal
CityGuimaraes
Period13/02/1414/02/14

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    Marques, P. H., & Jacinto, C. (2014). Screening for psychoactive substances at the workplace - A review. In Arezes et al (Ed.), Occupational Safety and Hygiene II - Selected Extended and Revised Contributions from the International Symposium Occupational Safety and Hygiene, SHO 2014 (pp. 429-433). Taylor & Francis Group.