The Importance of Drug and Alcohol Testing in Rail and Construction
Drug and Alcohol Testing (D&A) is a critical safety measure for workers in the rail and construction sectors. INFRA Skills, as a RISQS-accredited provider, ensures that these tests are compliant with Network Rail standards, safeguarding both the workers and the public.
Network Rail-Compliant Testing Procedure
Individuals are required to submit a urine sample for the Network Rail Drug and Alcohol Screening. This sample is then sent to our RISQS approved UKAS Accredited Laboratory for analysis. The laboratory tests for the presence of substances such as:
- Amphetamines (including Methamphetamines)
- EDDP (Methadone metabolite)
Understanding D&A Test Results
The results typically take up to three days to be available. However, in cases where there are contraindications, it might take longer. A positive result will lead to a 5-year suspension, which will be recorded on the individual’s Sentinel profile. For alcohol testing, an intoximeter (breath test) is used, and the results are immediate.
Network Rail’s Zero-Tolerance Policy
Network Rail enforces a stringent zero-tolerance policy towards drugs and alcohol. A positive result will result in the cancellation of your Sentinel Card, preventing you from working on any Network Rail or London Underground infrastructure for five years. This applies to both new workers and long-standing rail industry employees.
Preparing for Your Test
When attending the test, ensure you have:
- A valid Sentinel Card or Sentinel Number (if sponsored)
- Photo identification (e.g., passport or photocard driving licence)
- Proof of National Insurance Number (e.g., National Insurance Card or payslip)
- A list of any prescription or over-the-counter medications taken in the past 14 days
About INFRA Skills
INFRA Skills is dedicated to delivering high-quality training and assessments. Our commitment to service excellence is evident in every aspect of our business. With a team of accredited trainers and managers, we guarantee the best training outcomes for all participants.