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

Saliva drug testing kit DSD-863-ideal workplace drug testing kit

drug testing kits saliva

DSD-863 Direct saliva drug testing kit

Introducing the DSD-863 Direct Saliva 6 drug testing kit the quickest and easiest to use oral drug test kit on the market currently in the UK.

This new drug test kits makes workplace drug testing simple and quick, with no sample handling. You simply put the saliva tongue collector into the mouth of the person that is being tested, and the drug test runs as soon as sufficient saliva has been absorbed. This feature is likely to make this new drug test kit very popular for employment and pre-employment drug testing and screening.

The DSD 863 detects the following drugs:

Cannabis 12ng (Marijuana, hash, scunk)
Amphetamine 50ng (speed, whiz)
Opiates 20ng (heroin, brown, morphine)
Cocaine 20ng (cocaine, crack)
Methamphetamine 50ng (crystal Ice)
Benzodiazepines 30ng (sleepers , tranqs)

Saliva Confirm oral drugs and alcohol testing kits

saliva drug testing kits

Saliva Confirm drug testing kits

New for the UK is this 12 drug screening test kit from US firm, Confirm Bioscience. The SalivaConfirm oral drug test offers 11 drugs and alcohol screening in a single test making drug and alcohol testing easier than ever before.

This saliva drug test is proving popular with both healthcare and business users looking for a comprehensive and easy to perform “all in one” oral drug testing kit. Results are

Saliva collection is the simplest drug screening solution for workplace screening, and the collection swab or sponge in the Saliva Confirm test is integrated into the test lid and automatically discharges the sample onto the test membranes when the kit is closed, so no sample handling or transfer is needed. the results are read in the traditional manor for drug screens, with two lines forming on each coded drug test membrane. The alcohol screen is a colour change on a pad indicating a blood alcohol level of 0.02%BAC or over at the time of testing.

We found all the results were clear and easy to read on all membranes. The only issue to consider is the volume of saliva collected in the sponge. To run 12 membranes testers have to ensure the sponge is completely saturated with saliva which can take up to 3 minutes. The sponge must be completely soft (it is firm when you start the test) to be compressed into the body of the test, any resistance indicates insufficient saliva in the sponge.

When used for workplace screening, all non negative results should be confirmed using an accredited chain of custody lab test either GC/MS or the newer LC/MS, This means moving to urine sampling of the person being tested but this ensures all workplace testing remains challenge proof at tribunal hearings. packs for laboratory confirmation are available from ukdrugtesting

In our opinion the Saliva Confirm oral drug testing kit offers a superb quality and high accuracy front line screening tool for any agency wanting a comprehensive front line test. The great advantage of combining drug and alcohol testing in a single product should not be undervalued.

Random drug testing at work

Random drug and alcohol testing at work keeps employees safe, reduces risks and insurance costs to business’s.

Workplace drug testing is standard practice in many industries operating in safety critical environments. Random drug testing is a key element of any workplace drug testing program and needs to be operated fairly and efficiently for both employees and the employer to gain the maximum benefit. explaining the benefits to employees is a key element of any drug and alcohol testing program. Employees need to be made aware of the benefits of a safe and drug free environment of work. Extending this to non safety critical employment roles may not be critical to the safe delivery of service, but can lead to improvements in both efficiency and moral, as employees perceive the policy as being more fair and even across the entire workforce.

Employers can simplify the introduction of drug and alcohol screening programs by introducing them into all recruitment events as part of routine health care screening. Where companies do not routinely undertake health screening, introducing drug and alcohol screening into new employment contracts enables the testing of staff in the future, even if this is not being considered immediately. Random testing policies should allow for testing to be undertaken even when no suspicion has been raised, but this needs to be administered in a fair manor, without discrimination. This would normally require the amendment of historic employment contracts held for employees performing identical or similar employment duties.

Random drug testing is normally best undertaken using a saliva drug screening test kit. This tests for 5 or 6 common drugs of abuse, can be taken directly from the employee with their consent and gives on-site screening results in under 5 minutes. saliva tests with up to 12 drug group results are available for employers requiring a more comprehensive screen, but with no HSE guidance on the expected test combination, 5 or 6 drug groups is all most employers will be expected to use. Cover the common drugs and any localised problem drugs (your local drug team can help you with this one) UKDrugTesting have staff who know what tests are best for your business and will help you choose the best value, in both cost, accuracy, and ease of use. (there is no point having a 99% laboratory test if it is so complicated to use, you waist half of them in procedural errors)

Random drug testing will reduce your absent from work rate, reduce the risk of workplace accidents, motivate you staff not to recreationally experiment with drug use. As an employer you will benefit from actively encouraging the health and well being of your workforce.

To find out more about random drug testing at work and drug testing kits suitable for use in the workplace visit UKdrugTesting.co.uk 

How to choose a Drug Testing Kit for Workplace Drug Testing

Workplace drug testing is widely established in many industries, but the choice of drug testing kits can be confusing and there is little authorative advice on which drug test kits are best for the job. Not all drug testing kits are suitable for use in the workplace, the quality and accuracy of cheaper, unbranded drug tests make them unsuitable. Reducing the costs can be an expensive mistake, leading to both false negative and false positive screening test results.

Here is some simple and clear advice for employers looking to source a suitable drug testing kit for onsite cost effective drug screening in the workplace.

1) What drugs do you need to test for ?

It seems a simple choice to pick a combination drug test kit, usually referred to as a multi-panel drug test with the right combination of drug tests grouped together for the job. In reality you are faced with a never ending array of drug test panel combinations, many including drug groups that you have never heard of. Do you need a 3 panel or a 12 panel ? What is expected as a base line test ? Is there an industry specific minimum expected ? UKDT can give you help and advice in the choice of a suitable drug test panel combination, avoiding you paying for or testing for irrelevant drug groups. In fact most workplace drug testing needs no more than 5 or 6 drug groups on the panel used. Others may only be relevant to a specific demographic or regional drug issue, but we can guide you on this before you buy.

2) How far back do you want to test ?

Not all drug testing kits are the same. Most screening tests use urine or saliva samples to detect drugs. Urine drug testing will almost always look back further in time compared to an equivalent saliva drug test. In the workplace  a urine test will detect more social and recreational drug use which will have to be confirmed and addressed. Saliva drug tests may be a better choice in only detecting employees with active drugs in their system while attending the workplace. In this regard , more and more employers are selecting saliva drug testing kits as their first choice. A full brand specific list of drug detection times is available on our web site UKDrugTesting.co.uk

3) Urine or saliva collection, what’s best for you ?

Saliva Drug Screening

Saliva Drug Testing Kit

A lot of employers don’t like the idea of handling urine samples for drug testing. The one major disadvantage is not being able to directly observe the sample collection, this reduces the confidence in what is termed chain of custody, put simply knowing that the sample you are testing has come from the person you are wanting to test. Saliva drug testing is the best choice for employment drug testing is almost every location where a full healthcare suite will not be available in which to perform the drug tests. Samples can be collected at the point of testing. Where urine testing is preferred then cup drug tests are a design option to be considered. These are collection cups with both temperature strips and in some cases adulteration test strips incorporated. The temperature test reduces the risk of dilution or sample substitution, as does a simple urine adulteration test strip. The whole cup is given to the testee to provide a urine sample and with split cup designs the original sample can be sealed for confirmation testing. See ukdrugtesting drug test kit cups.

4) Branded quality counts in employment tribunals.

Instalert brand drug testing kits

Not all drug tests are born equal. The quality of the biotechnology and component construction are all critical to producing a reliable drug testing kit. Cheap drug testing kits will give inaccurate results leading to both false negative, and more problematic false positive results. Reliability and accuracy are key. Our advice is always buy a branded professional drug testing product from an established specialist distributor with many years experience of the drug test products and the brand you are about to purchase. Don’t be afraid to ask simple questions about the brand and how long they have been selling it. Ask how it is imported and stored and if batch certification is available for the drug testing kits you would be buying. CE and FDA certification are base requirements, granted every 3 years,  and not a guarantee of batch quality.

5) UK based customer sales and post sales support including cross reactivity data will be important to you.

You will have to deal with positive results if you perform workplace employment drug testing. You are going to need further information and technical support from your drug test kit supplier. You will value having direct phone access to someone who can answer you query. UKDrugTesting have UK based, office hours technical and product support available to all customers using our drug testing kits.

Visit our website www.ukdrugtesting.co.uk to find out more 

Drug Testing In The Workplace In The UK

Drug testing in the workplace is now well established in most larger UK companies and has expanded rapidly in UK SME’s. Workplace drug testing benefits companies, reducing risk, and demonstrates an understanding of the health and employment risks of ignoring employees attending the workplace, under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Many large companies understand the benefits of immediate on-site drug & alcohol screening, and undertake this in house with point of care onsite drug testing kits. this also offers enormous cost benefits with instant drug testing kits such as the FirstSign 6 drug saliva drug testing kit costing as little as £6 per test.

In house screening for drugs is simple to do, responsive and 100% adequate to exclude all negative test results. Companies considering workplace drug testing for the first time are sometimes anxious that an in-house solution will not be adequate legally and be messy and difficult to operate. Workplace drug testing kits have been designed to be easy to use and accurate. They are used internationally by some of the worlds largest companies as front line employee drug screening tests, excluding millions of negative screens from expensive and slow laboratory drug testing.

Pre-employment drug testing, random workplace drug testing, targeted on-suspicion workplace drug testing, and any other targeted role specific (high employment risk) employee drug screening, and post incident or accident workplace drug screening, are all suitable for on-site point of care workplace drug testing kits such as the InstAlert DSD-765 oral saliva drug testing kit or UKDrugtesting’s DSW-765 drug testing kits for saliva.

Click here to see a range of onsite instant drug testing kits suitable for employee drug testing in the workplace from UKDrugTesting

The saliva drug testing kits above each offer a slightly different combination of 6 drug groups. There is no specified group or combination of drugs which has to be covered by UK law or HSE recommendation, It is left to the Employer to consider the local common risk hazards and the demographic of the workforce and pick a combination which covers these drugs. The six drug combinations all include the common recreational drugs, and are all suitable for employment workplace drug testing.

Click here for more information about how to purchase drug testing kits for use in the workplace

 

Workplace Drug Testing | New Saliva Drug Testing Kit for Employment Drug Screening

DSW-765 is a new saliva drug test panel from www.UKDrugTesting.co.uk  offering an ideal combination of drug tests in a single 6 drug saliva testing screen for workplace drug testing.

The DSW-765 panel comes from one of the worlds leading manufacturers of saliva drug testing kits, and has full quality certification including CE, IVDD, TUV etc.

Packs contain 20 full saliva drug tests, each individually foil wrapped, 20 saliva collection swabs and 20 collection and transfer tubes, together with an easy to follow instruction and clinical data sheet. The 20 test pack retails for between £110 and £125 plus VAT, making it one of the most cost effective 6 drug saliva tests available currently in UK. However the performance is anything but cheap. The membranes give clear easy to read results, tests take a maximum of 10 minutes to complete, and individual results are given for each of the 6 drug groups included on the test.

But its the combination which makes it a first choice for workplace drug screening & testing:

Cannabis
Cocaine
Amphetamine
Methamphetamine
Bezodiazepine
Opiate

Covering a full range of common recreational drugs, (the Methamphetamine test will detect both crystal ice but also most MDMA Ecstacy tabs which will commonly contain MET and other Amphetamine esters) Benzodiazepines are a wide ranging group of prescription drugs including tranquilisers and sleeping pills (important to screen if employees are to undertake high HSE risk roles) and lastly Opiates which will cover for street heroin, but also prescription pain killers containing high dose codiene, which again can have a sedative effect. DSW-765 saliva drug test packs are available from www.UKDrugtesting.co.uk

Business drug testing 6 panel oral drug screen test

A new oral fluid saliva drug testing kit panel option is available with a combination which is ideal for employment drug screening being conducted by business users. the 6 drug “saliva confirm” drug test oral drug testing kit from confirm bioscience screens a saliva sample for cannabis, amphetamines, opiates (heroin) cocaine, benzodiazepines, methamphetamines and ecstacy, the last 2 drug groups are not differentiated so a positive result indicates the detection of one or both drugs in the sample.

The combination on this saliva drug test make it an ideal choice for business and employment drug screening. The saliva confirm panel covers everything that employers are expected to screen for in one simple and easy to do test.

The saliva confirm oral drug test is also available in single, five test and 25 test packs so an exact number can be purchased rather than the standard 25 test pack multiples required by many other manufacturers.

The Saliva confirm 6 drug test panel is fully CE and FDA certified and manufactured to exacting quality standards expected by professional health screening agencies. All component drug test membranes are highly accurate and batch tested to ensure selectivity and specificity to the point of testing.

More details and pricing are available here for the saliva drug test kits

Saliva Confirm 6 drug + XTC

Drugs tested for :

  • Amphetamines / Speed (AMP)
  • Benzodiazepines / Tranquilisers (BZO)
  • Cannabis / Marijuana (THC)
  • Cocaine / Crack (COC)
  • Methamphetamines (MET) also wil detect MDMA (XTC)
  • Opiates / (Codeine, Morphine) Heroin (OPI

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

workplace drug testing

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

Drug testing in the workplace

More and more companies in the UK are now routinely undertaking regular drug and alcohol testing programs. Leading the way are safety critical employers, where drug screening is an integral element of health and safety proceedure. UK Employment agencies are increasingly being requested to provide drug and alcohol tests as part of a routine pre-employment screen, and as an ongoing certification requirement for contract or agency staff, being deployed in safety critical employment environments.

Drug testing in the workplace need be no more taxing for employers than a routine urine dip health test for kidney disease or diabetes, and is available from under £4.00 per test.

Urine drug screening products offer the most cost effective and best route for effective detection of drug use in the preceeding 72hrs.

Many testing agencies would prefer to test using a saliva drug test kit, until they understand the much shorter period of detection achievable with instant on site saliva drug tests (12-24hrs in most drug group) Of course this can be an advantage where agencies are concerned only with detecting recent or active drugs, currently still in the employee and still likely to be psychoactive and affecting performance.

Urine drug tests will detect the use of drugs in the last 3 to 5 days, so they will detect recreational Cannabis, Ecstacy and Amphetamine use (club drugs) used on a Friday and Saturday, in employee drug tests on Monday or Tuesday.

A full list of product specific drug detection times is available from www.ukdrugtesting.co.uk with drug test detection times 

Packs specifically taylored to employers needs for drugs and alcohol testing are available from www.valuebreathalysers.co.uk