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

New 4 drug saliva direct DSD-843 Cannabis Cocaine Amphetamine Opiate saliva drug test kit

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Direct 4 in 1 saliva drug testing kit DSD-843

New for 2016 in the UK drug testing kit market is the direct 4 drug saliva drug test kit, catalog ref DSD-843

Simpler, easier to use and with all the accuracy of its larger combination brothers, the DSD-843 is placed directly into the mouth and absorbs saliva directly. The test can be seen running while still in the mouth, and when the pink dye is visible in the results window the test can be removed and placed back in its cover to complete running.

No saliva transfer. no collection or processing. This test literally runs itself and give 4 clear results, 1 for each of the screened drugs.

A lot of people asked for a saliva drug test just for Cannabis and Cocaine, adding Amphetamine (Speed) and Opiates (heroin, morphine codeine) made sense, did not increase the cost of the panel greatly and expands the market for the test.

We think this drug test is going to prove very popular with buyers wanting an entry level saliva drug test which is easy to use and reliable. It may also have a place in workplace drug screening where Benzodiazepines are not considered an issue.

Oral Drug Testing Kits for Employers

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Oral drug testing is very attractive to employers, as it offers a quick easy and non invasive route for onsite drug screening of employees. Many employers are opting for oral or saliva drug screening in preference to urine drug screening, as oral drug screening can be just as cheap and reliable as the traditional urine drug tests, but avoids the issues of observed sample collection inherent in the urine drug testing method.

Oral drug testing kits suitable for employers can cost as little as £5 per test and give immediate provisional test results on site, with accuracy levels of between 97 – 99% compared to laboratory tests. This makes saliva oral drug screening a reliable and cost effective front line drug screening option, for even small and medium sized employers, as the oral drug test kits can be purchased in small numbers without restrictive or expensive contracts.

Oral drug testing kits are available with a range of drug detection tests built into the panel. Our recommended combination is the DSW-765 6 drug oral saliva drug screen as it covers the common drugs most employers are interested in screening out. The DSW-765 oral drug test kit is easy to use and gives clear, easy to read results in 5 minutes. Employers can use this as a first line drug screen to exclude all negative tests on employees, in an easy to complete and cost effective drug screening program. All provisional positive results from the drug screen should be confirmed using an accredited laboratory before disciplinary action is taken (as with all onsite drug tests)

Click here to see our full range of oral drug testing kits suitable for employers

Where to buy Drug Testing Kits -Confidentiality & privacy are key to what we do

As trained healthcare professionals the directors at Access Diagnostics know and have passed on to their team, that our customers privacy is of upmost importance .

When you order either online, by telephone or by fax through our UK DrugTesting website, you can rest assured that your personal details will be kept private & confidential, and that the goods you order will be delivered discretely & quickly.

As a professional drug & alcohol testing kit supplier to the NHS, Access Diagnostic Tests UK Ltd pride take great pride in the quality, of  the drug  & alcohol testing kits, the digital breathalyzer equipment  & the customer service that we offer. Our aim through our drug & alcohol testing websites, is to offer high quality drug & alcohol tests and breathalyzer equipment, with fast, discrete delivery at great prices, and all backed up with professional & supportive customer services.

Put us to the test-you won’t be disappointed.

Visit our drug & alcohol testing website UKDrugTesting.co.uk

Business Drug Testing Kits-Advice for business drug screening in the workplace

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Business drug and alcohol testing is growing, and now forms an important element of general health screening for job applicants, accross a wide spectrum of industry. The growth in drug use has seen more and more employers addressing the issues of drug misuse, dependency and social recreational use creeping into the workplace and employee productivity and safety. Pre-employment drug screening has seen the greatest growth in recent years, and now extends far beyond the safety critical employment roles.

Employers are perfectly at liberty to request applicants provide a drug screen sample as part of any job application. Prospective employees may decline. There is no current UK legislation preventing an employer from excluding a candidate on the basis that they have refused to provide a sample for drug screening as part of the companies routine pre-employment screening. As long as the drug screening is routine, this does not currently constitute discrimination of any kind. Indeed companies can argue that they hold a duty of care to ensure no employee undertakes duties while under the influence of drugs or alcohol which may make both them and their environment unsafe for themselves and fellow workers. The last argument is much stronger where the employment role includes safety critical duties.

Pre-employment drug testing is therefore one of the most easy and common programmes of drug screening to implement and operate. We are often asked by companies what is the most common package of drugs, or minimum range of drugs which is expected in a drug screening program. The answer is not always straight forward, as some consideration should be given to the target demographic and also local drug availability and usage patterns. As a base guide we would recommend a baseline of 5 or 6 drug groups, to which other local or industry specific additional can be made. FOR UK EMPLOYMENT DRUG TESTING we would recommend the screen cover  Cannabis, Cocaine, Opiates, Methamphetamine & Amphetamine +/- Benzodiazepines For most screening a 5 panel drug test kits is the best option for urine drug testing and if saliva drug testing is preferred then a 6 drug saliva testing kit for Cannabis, Cocaine, opiates, Amphetamine, Methamphetamine and PCP is a great option. A wide range of urine and saliva drug test kits are currently available.

Buyers should ensure that packs are from a reputable specialist supplier, offering full technical support and cross reference data for the kits. All drug screening kits should be properly branded CE marked professional packs with original data sheet and both CE mark, manufacturers data and EU representative details for the CE quality mark (CE mark alone is not good enough) the product you buy should be healthcare standard class1 biotech imported as an IVDD (In Vitro Diagnostic Device) and stored correctly by the distributor. Ensure the supplier has over 10 years experience of drug screening biotechnology and has medically trained staff with clinical experience of drug screening available to advise you as part of the service.

Visit UK Drug Testing to see our current recommended drug testing kits for companies to perform workplace drug testing

Professional Drug Tests from UKDrugTesting

www.ukdrugtesting.co.uk now offers UK purchasers the widest range of professional branded drug tests and alcohol screens. Professional drug tests are certified by the European regulator under IVDD CE regulations and must meet the exacting standards for selectivity, sensitivity and accuracy required by professional testing agencies. Each batch is individually tested and certified before release.

Just as critical to the performance of the professional drug test is the importation and storage of the biotech drug testing product, using temperature regulated freight and warehousing to ensure against thermal degeneration is essential. As a trading devision of Access Diagnostic Tests UK Ltd, we ensure all these exacting standards are met for our drug testings kits & products, and all other biotech diagnostic ranges.

Our leading brands include the InstAlert range of urine and saliva drug testing kits including the E-Z 10 panel cup drug test and multi-panel urine drug tests from 3 drug up to 10 drug test combinations, single drug tests are also available in a range of device drug tests and strip dip drug test options. Also available is the Eco cup drug testing products in 6 drug or 10 drug option, including an adulteration test (10drug eco)

UK Drug Testing also offers the largest range of saliva drug tests ( oral fluid drug tests) of any drug testing kits supplier in the UK with ranges from Oraline, First Sign, Instant View, InstAlert and also single panels saliva drug tests for cannabis and cocaine.

All these professional drug test products are designed to give accurate instant results in under 10 minutes. A full range of drug detection times are shown for the professional drug tests on the web site www.ukdrugtesting.co.uk home page, under the detection link

UK Drug Testing and Access Diagnostic Tests UK Ltd supply directly to NHS purchasing departments accross the UK. Professional drug testing packs are also supplied directly to UK drug and Alcohol services, both in the public and private sector, universities, research projects and clinical trials, Prison and police projects and employment and business drug and alcohol screening services.

www.ukdrugtesting.co.uk guarantees to match of better your existing supplier or current  “best offer” for professional drug testing kits on a like for like basis, and alsways supply supperior quality product from trusted and proven manufacturers that we know will not let you down. All our products are backed with full UK customer product support for technical and data queries. Initial enquiries regarding professional drug testing kits should be made by phone on 01263 731 168 or by e-mail using trade@adtuk.co.uk

E-Z collection cup urine drug tests

E-Z drug test cups have been available for many years and have proved popular with both the drug treatment agencies and also with business users who wish to perform urine drug testing in the workplace.

The integrated urine collection and storage cup with built in drug test panel offers easy sample collection, and spill free storage and handling.

The urine drug test panel gives immediate on-site results to NIDA cut off levels for up to 10 drug groups.

Negative urine samples can be disgarded, while any positive urine samples can be retained, sealed with tamper proof seals (provided in all professional 25 test packs) and sent for laboratory comfirmation.

The E-Z urine drug test cup is available in a range of urine drug test combination from 5 to 10 drug groups depending on the requirments of the end user from www.ukdrugtesting.co.uk

The EZ collection cup system offers an ideal urine drug test system where facilities for sample collection and processing may be limited. The Instalert professional standard urine drug test membrane supplied as standard offers high accuracy and detection rates to CE EU IVDD standards, and is considered one of the best near patient urine drug screening products available.

Wide drug detection on 10 panel drug test

A single drug test kit, but 10 individual results, screening for 10 drug groups on a single urine sample. The Instalert 10 panel drug test kit card is the ultimate in drug screening, offering professional quality performance and low unit cost.

The 10 panel drug test is available in 2 test proceedural options, as a straight 10 panel dip drug test card for urine and also integrated into the best selling E-Z cup drug test collection, sampling and storage system.

For anyone looking for the widest possible drug screen, this is the one to choose. Cartons of 25 x 10 panel drug tests are now available from £125.00 and the E-Z 10 panel drug test option, again in cartons of 25 x drug tests from £149.00. Both 10 panel drug tests are normally stock items available for next working day delivery.

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Workplace drug testing increasingly popular with employers in the UK

The growth of employment or workplace drug screening continues, despite the slowdown in recruitment of 2009. A larger workforce seeking employment and more applicants per vacancy has given prospective employers greater power to choose and more reason to distinguish between candidates. Pre-employment health screening including a drug test is now more widely used than ever, with employers looking to reduce their healthcare vunerability and costs.

The main growth in drug screening has been amongst employment agencies, many of whom report an increase willingness in clients to request both a drug and alcohol screening element of routine pre-employment testing. Employment agencies are ideally placed to perform these drug tests, as they are seen as independent of the recruiting company and have the experience and facilities to undertake drug screening as part of the routine health care screening program. There size also enables cost effective purchasing of bulk on-site drug testing products direct from manufactuers. The most widely used testing screen for on-site instant drug testing by agencies is the integrated ez split key cup 6 panel drug test which reports urine results for Cannabis, Cocaine, Amphetamine, Methamphetamine, Benzodiazepines and Opiates (Heroin). This covers most of the common recreational dependent drug groups of interest to employers, and offers a convenient collection and handling system, with no urine spillage for around £5.00 per complete drug test kit.

Workplace drug testing is forcast to grow in 2010 as the UK employment conditions improve and employers further extend the use of drug screening to improve the quality and productivity of their workforce.

A manager from a medium size logistics company recently advised us, “previously drug tests have only been performed when a problem has surfaced and we suspected individuals, after testing for drugs we realised the motivational benefits of performing low level random drug screening, and how this worked to prevent problems arising. Our guys are not going to risk loosing their jobs, now they know we drug test.”

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Saliva Drug Tests and Employment Drug Screening

Employment and pre-employment drug screening is again in the news, and despite the economic doom and gloom companies are still investing in careful drugs screening to ensure the right employees are taken on.

Most companies embarking on drug and alcohol screening do not have the facility of an in house occupational health or HR department to oversee the program. This makes picking the right tools for the job even more essential.

Managers need to understand the differences between urine drug testing kits and saliva drug test kits, look carefully at the drug groups covered by the drug testing kit and the manufaturers guide & detection times for each drug type. These vary enormously.

Saliva drug testing kits  offer the enormous advantage of easy sample collection, with high confidence levels that you are testing a fresh sample, from the person you intend to screen. Urine collection is obviously harder to oversee.

A range of saliva drug tests are available in the UK. Ensure the drug testing product carries a professional CE mark and also lists the European representative for the registration mark. Follow the manufacturers instructions for use and also refer to the accuracy studies which should be listed in the data sheet provided with all professional drug test drug testing packs. Products sold as home or self tests, or just not listed as professional, may be from the same manufacturer but do not have to meet the same regulatory and EU compliance tests. Check with the supplier if these drug test products are as good before purchasing.

Our suggested first line saliva drug test products for business