Drug Testing in the Workplace

Drug testing in the UK workplace is becoming increasingly common. Once reserved to safety critical jobs such as line side railway and construction industry tasks, drug testing in the workplace is now almost routine in many industries and pre-employment medical examinations.

The drug testing technologies are now so simple that drug screening can be added to a medical examination where urine kidney, liver and diabetes test are performed with little or no extra work or cost. The drug screening proceedure is a simple urine dip test, with negative or positive indicators for a range of 5 or up to 10 drug groups. The accuracy of instant drug testing is such that these urine dip tests are adequate to exclude all negative results with no further action. Positive instant drug test results must be confirmed with the urine sample being sent for laboratory GC/MS analysis confirmation.

Drug testing in the uk workplace positive rates vary, depending on the demographic being tested. Testers should prepare for 3-8% positive rates depending on the range of the drug screen (the common combination used starts with Cannabis, Cocaine, Amphetamine, Opiates & Methamphetamine) and the demographic.

Urine drug testing remains the bench mark mode of testing as for most workplace drug testing it gives the best overall cost/benefit/detection period ratio.

Agencies requiring the diagnostic drug testing kits should look for professional packaged branded products with full IVDD pro CE certification such as the ACON and InstAlert ranges from Innovacon, available from Access Diagnostic Tests UK Ltd via www.ukdrugtesting.co.uk

UK Drug Testing also offer a full range of breathalysers, both single use and digital to enable workplace screening for alcohol.