5 quick tips to help you to start onsite drug & alcohol testing in your workplace

There are many advantages to doing your drug and alcohol screening in house as it can save your company a lot of time and money. Staff do not need to attend a testing centre which keeps costs down and time away from work to a minimum.

Here are 5 quick tips to help you get started

  • Be prepared-make sure that you have everything in place before you begin. It is advisable to have a drug and alcohol policy for your workplace, in place before you start testing. You will also need consent forms, onsite drug testing kits, and ideally a lab chain of custody confirmation drug test pack.
  • Make sure you have a clear protocol to work to and decide who is going to do the testing, and that you have a clear management plan for any non negative results.
  • You will only need to confirm non negative results
  • Make sure that you have the ability to confirm any non negative results obtained with onsite drug testing kits with a laboratory chain of custody confirmation test. Best to have at least one of these onsite when you begin testing.
  • Keep clear records of all results & ideally have everything witnessed

UK Drug Testing is one of the longest established drug and alcohol testing companies in the UK and are a leading supplier of drug and alcohol testing kits to businesses and employers.

Visit UK Drug Testing for more information on starting drug and alcohol testing in the workplace or telephone us on 01263 731 168 during office hours Monday to Friday 8.30 to 4pm

Drug Testing FAQs-Does the T line on a drug test need to be as dark as the C line and what does a faint T line mean ?

drug test kits

Drug test kit with both C & T lines visible on each test membrane. You will note that  some lines are fainter than others.

We received this question earlier by e-mail and it is something that can cause confusion.

The C line or control line on a drug test kit is usually very strong and dark however the T line (test line ) may vary considerably in colour and darkness from test to test and also on different drug test membranes, within the same drug testing kit. This is quite common and is of no significance when interpreting the result of the test.

As long as the T line is clearly visible within the specified time then the result is a negative result i.e. no drug detected. The T line does not need to be as dark as the control line and in fact often is not. On the multi panel urine drug test kit above, you can see that the intensity of the T line varies on the different strips although the control line remains fairly consistent.

We are also often asked can any conclusion be drawn if the T line is faint and does this mean there might be low levels of drugs present. The answer to this is no. The faintness of the T line is not of any significance and is still a negative i.e. clear or pass result.