After a review of the UK Drugs and Alcohol Policy it has been decided to introduce a lower permissible Alcohol limit in relation to all UK Operations. The new limit of 22 micrograms of Alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath is in line with most European countries and is the limit introduced in Scotland in 2014.
The reason for the change is to bring the limit in line with other similar industries and to have a consistent level across all of our UK Operations. Higher risk industries such as Rail and Maritime already have lower limits and as CEMEX Operations increasingly involve interaction with these industries it is right that we have a consistent approach. The new policy will be available on the ETHOS Shift pages and a copy can be obtained from the HR or Health & Safety Departments.
As a guide to what this new limit means, it is reasonable to say that no Alcohol should be consumed less than 8 hours before to a shift (this is similar to what airlines stipulate for crew!).