Finnish companies ratchet up drug testing
Finnish daily Aamulehti on Wednesday quoted a National Public Health Institute (KTL) doctor as saying that Finnish companies had anywhere between 50,000 and 100,000 drug tests done a year, up from an estimated range of 20,000 to 40,000 carried out three years ago.
A number of companies have introduced drug screening after a new law entered into force in 2004.
For example, TietoEnator and Nordea have all their new employees screened for drugs.
The 2004 Act on the Protection of Privacy in Working Life says that an employer "may receive or otherwise process information entered in a drug test certificate, subject to the consent of the applicant selected for the job, only if the applicant is to do the type of work that requires precision, reliability, independent judgement or quick reactions and if performing the work while under the influence of drugs or while addicted to drugs could" endanger lives, national defence or security, traffic safety, the environment, privacy or business secrets.
Source: Produced by: Ministry for Foreign Affairs of FinlandDepartment for Communication and Culture/Unit for Promotion and Publications