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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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.

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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

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

Cocaine and Cannabis drug tests should be part of a multi-drug test

Screening in isolation for cannabis and cocaine can be a false economy. Specific drug group tests are only really suitable for individuals, self testing or for specific post exposure clearance drug screening. For point of care drugs of abuse screening it will always be better to use a multi-panel drug screen covering the common recreational drugs of abuse and/or addiction.

The common drug panels used include the original 5 panel drug test used wideley in employment drug testing, Cannabis, Cocaine, Amphetamine, Methamphetamine, Opiates and where a younger age group is targeted the 5 panel combination Cannabis, Cocaine, Amphetamine, Methamphetamine, MDMA

Both  5 panel & other common multipanel drug tests are available online at UK Drug Testing

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.