Workplace Drug Testing UK-consent and refusal

Saliva Drug Screening

Saliva Drug Screening

Employers in the UK need consent to undertake a drug test. This simple concept is complicated however by the fact that tribunals would normally expect employees to reasonably give their consent to undergo drug testing. In simple terms an employee must have good grounds to refuse a drug and alcohol test, be confident that the employer has requested the test irresponsibly or has been un-fair.

Because most employees are normally expected to reasonably give consent for drug & alcohol testing, they should seek professional advise from their union or line manager before refusing to give a test sample. However, pre-consent is often implicit in many contracts of employment. i.e. the contract will include  a clause agreement between the employee and employer agreeing drug and alcohol screening during the period of employment.

Employers have a responsibility:

  1. To only drug test where it is appropriate.
  2. Be fair in the implementation of the drug testing procedure,
  3. Operate testing in a fully random fashion and not to single out particular employees for drug and alcohol testing unless this is justified by the nature of their jobs or their actions.

Workplace drug and alcohol testing is far more common in safety critical employment roles, and testing frequencies may reasonably be far more frequent. There is no guidance in UK law regarding the frequency of random testing for specific employment roles.

Employees can not be forced or made to take a drug or alcohol test, but if they refuse when the employer has good grounds to request a test, and has acted fairly and responsibly, they the employer can take disciplinary action.

Employers have a legal responsibility to ensure a safe workplace. This includes ensuring that no employee is undertaking employment under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Most employers in the UK use a saliva or oral fluid drug test kit as a first line drug screening test with instant on-site results. This is considered the best first line drug test kit option as it is minimally non invasive, easy and safe to collect in front of the individual being tested, with observed sample collection. A six panel drug screen such as the FirstSign saliva drug test kit is an ideal UK combination drug test for UK workplace screening.

Visit UKDrugTesting.co.uk for more information and to buy drug and alcohol testing kits suitable for workplace drug & alcohol screening

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 

First Sign 7 in1 Drug Testing Kit

The latest batch of the First Sign 7 in 1 drug testing kits for urine drug screening are now in stock. First Sign 7 in 1 drug test panels offer a easy to use dip drug test and give 7 individual results from a single test kit. The combination is aimed at detecting drugs of abuse and particularly drugs which quickly result in dependency and addiction. The 7 panel is used extensively by NHS drug treatment teams as a drug screening test. The First Sign drug testing kit is FDA and CE certified and gives highly reliable and accurate results. Each drug test takes between 5 and 10 minutes to complete and every membrane has an individual control built in to ensure accuracy. First Sign 7 in 1 drug tests screen each sample for Cannabis  THC,  detected for between 5 and 30 days after use Cocaine and Crack Cocaine  COC  detected for 3-5 days after use Heroin and all opiates OPI a 2000ng opiate test detecting for 3-5 days after use Amphetamine ( Speed) AMP detecting for 3-5 days after use Barbituates BAR sedative drugs detected for 3-5 days Methadone MTD depending on dose detected for 3-5 days Benzodiazepines (sedatives, sleeping pills and tranquilisers) BZO detected for between 2 -30 days The First Sign 7 in 1 drug testing kits can be supplied in any quantity but manufacturers original cartons contain 20 individually foil wrapped drug test panels and 1 data sheet. First Sign offer excellent value for money, superb quality and reliable accurate results every time, making them a great choice for healthcare, business and general drug and health screening programs.

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 Kits for Companies UK

UKDrugTesting established in 1998 possibly offers the largest range of drug testing kits and drug and alcohol testing solutions available in the UK. The web based drug testing company provides professional medical grade diagnostic drug screening tests all with professional CE, FDA, TUV and ISO certification. As one of the longest established point of care specialist drug testing companies they understand the importance of only offering the best quality and most accurate drug testing kits. Manufacturers drug testing products have been carefully selected from trusted and quality audited manufacturers. All drug testing kits are directly manufactured to order and imported using approved air freight handlers who understand the temperature and moisture parameters for these biotech products. UKDrugtesting then ensure the drug tests are stored in the correct conditions all of which are important in ensuring that when the drug testing kit reaches its end user, it meets the exacting standards for accuracy batch certified by the manufacturer for accuracy, sensitivity and specificity.

By specialising in immediate result, or point of care drug testing kits, the company has established a specialist knowledge of which drug testing kits offer the best solution for UK companies. Point of care drug testing kits are used as first line drug screening tests. They have accuracy of between 97-99% compared to a laboratory gas chromatography drug test, costing 10x more and are used internationally as first screening tests to exclude all the negative results in a fast and cost effective way. Performing these drug tests is no more complicated than doing a home pregnancy test. There is no complex interpretation, just a simple positive or negative result to a pre-set cut off. Saliva drug tests offer a way round the embarrassment of urine collection and handling and allow direct observation of the sample collection process. UK companies are increasingly opting for saliva drug tests, a drug testing solution which has massively expanded in the US following FDA approval of the route for medical and workplace, plus federal drug screening.

What to look for when choosing a drug testing kit.

  1. Professionally packaged established brand with a track record.
  2. Established master distributor offering full UK based customer support.
  3. A combination of drugs tested which covers the drugs of concern to you (get the right combination test for your demographic) UKdrugtesting can help advise you.
  4. Urine cup test or saliva test. Urine is cheaper and looks back in time further, but saliva is easy to perform. There is no difference in accuracy these days.
  5. Don’t forget about alcohol, add a digital breathalyser to your package or look at our complete testing drug and alcohol packs.

Click here to find out more about what UK Drug Testing can do for your company drug testing program

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.

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Drug Testing in the Workplace-Drug Testing Kits For Employers

UKDrugTesting specialise in supplying drug testing kits for employers.

We understand the importance in the workplace of reliable easy to use and accurate on site drug testing kits, and only supply drug testing kits from the worlds leading manufacturers. All our drug testing kits are professional quality IVDD (in-Vitro Diagnostic Device) CE marked and quality assured.

All the drug test kits that we supply are imported and stored using approved logistics to ensure the performance is not reduced by exposure to extreme temperature fluctuations during freightage. The ensures that the drug testing kits supplied to employers are supplied with the full manufacturers quality certification potential. Batch certification is available for every drug test kit supplied for a full 5 years post supply date. We are the longest established UK distributor for a range of branded drug test manufacturers including InstAlert, InstantView, Orascreen, Wondfo, WHPM, BlueCross & FirstSign.

UKDrugTesting has the largest range of drug testing kits available in the UK and offers both urine and saliva drug testing kits. Our customer support and product support is UK based and available during office hours. If you are an employer & require more information about employment drug testing , and pricing on easy affordable drug testing kits for use in the workplace then give us a call during office hours or e-mail trade@adtuk.co.uk. Full contact details are on our website below.

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Bulk Drug Test Kits | Trade & Wholesale Drug Testing Kits

With a growing number of UK companies undertaking drug and alcohol testing, the need for a cost effective drug testing kit for company and workplace drug testing is increasingly sought by buyers.

Most bulk purchasers of drug testing kits are looking for several hundred tests to enable cost savings and consistency with a drug testing or screening program. A reliable supply of drug tests  & drug testing cups will ensure a consistent approach where a screening program is permanent or on-going within a company or contract.

UKDrugtesting has over 14 year experience in the drug testing field with expert selection of only the most reliable and accurate drug screening products meeting the European and International quality standards and certification requirements. Imports from trusted manufacturers are handled using temperature controlled transport and storage facilities to ensure the biotechnology is imported and stored in the correct conditions to ensure the manufacturers stated performance characteristics of the drug testing kits is provided to all end users.

We have produced a web site section specifically offering the best current options for drug screening in the workplace

http://www.ukdrugtesting.co.uk/acatalog/Workplace.html .

This offers both saliva and urine drug testing options in bulk packs at discounted bulk pack pricing, but still allows single packs to be purchased where an additional supply is subsequently needed.

Workplace Drug Testing |Drug Testing Kits For Employers | Drug Testing FAQ’s

Most employers would rather consider a saliva drug testing kit to the more traditional urine collection and drug testing procedures for workplace drug testing, and there is no reason why a saliva drug test should not be used for most employment drug testing.

Pre-employment drug screening is a little different. Employers are looking to screen for a longer period than is obtainable with instant near patient saliva drug tests. Urine drug screening will extend the detection period to 3 to 5 days for most drug groups. This will pick up more recreational drug use than saliva drug testing. If the drug screen has been notified, then the majority of potential employees will avoid recreational drug use in the week before the medical. To effectively screen for recreational drug use in this situation, the notification to attend for medical screening should be minimal. Otherwise you are only screening for hardened regular or dependent drug users, and the range of drug membranes included in the screen, should best reflect this.

We are commonly asked what to include in the employment drug screen, as there is no HSE list or specific guidance on what drugs should be included in the drug test, and what can be ignored. Our advice is to include the range of common recreational drugs which can affect performance, namely Cannabis, Cocaine, Amphetamines (and Methamphetamines) and opiates. We also recommend Benzodiazepines should be part of occupational drug screening, as most sedative tranquilisers affect performance, as can sedatives taken as sleeping pills. These should certainly be included in HSE high risk occupational drug screens examples being machine operatives, line side certification, PSV, HGV etc.

It may be worth contacting your local drugs team and finding out which drug groups are prevalent in your local area. We have noticed that Ketamine has started to become increasingly prevalent over the last 12 months and causes problems in an employment setting, as it highly sedative. Ketamine is in fact a veterinary tranquiliser, which gives you some idea how sedative it is.  An increasing number of drug screens now include Ketamine, and we are being asked for drug testing kits that incorporate Ketamine now on a daily basis, although currently this option is only available in our urine drug testing kits.

SAMHSA have recently moved further in favour of saliva drug screening to become the first line method for federal employee testing in the US. This should see further developments in saliva drug screening with new drug test membrane options for saliva testing becoming available and a standardisation of the saliva drug cut off levels to enable direct brand comparison and greater covergence in testing results and quality.

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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