The two main Dutch employers organisations VNO-NCW and MKB-Nederland have called for changes to the privacy laws to allow companies working with chemicals and radioactive products to test staff for drink and drugs. They say employers in sectors where public safety is an issue should be able to test staff. ‘What if a drunken worker makes a mistake, causing an explosion and the release of toxic chemicals?’ the VNO-NCW said in a statement. Such tests are currently banned in law because the legislation does not explicitly allow them. Pilots and train drivers can be tested for substance abuse because this is specifically allowed in law.
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