Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing

Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing can help increase productivity. Also, it can reduce absenteeism and ensure you are compliant with health and safety law.

A testing programme should always support a robust drug and alcohol policy. The policy does not need to be a complicated document. In fact, we recommend that you develop this in a simple and clear way. At the same time, it should reflect your company’s industry sector and ways of working. Also, we can support you in the development or review of your drug and alcohol policy. We talk about this in detail further down this page.

Our workplace drug and alcohol testing team can discuss the options available to you. Once we have a clear idea of your requirements, we will prepare a tailored quotation for your company.

We offer a variety of sample types to cater for drug and alcohol testing in the workplace. These include urine, oral fluid (saliva), hair, blood and breath (alcohol).

Also, there are many reasons for introducing testing in your workplace. These include:

  • Pre-employment screening
  • Random testing (announced and unannounced)
  • Periodic testing for safety critical roles
  • Follow-up testing as part of rehabilitation
  • Immediate response (For-cause and post incident)
  • Industry specific testing e.g. for Network Rail

Pre-employment Drug and Alcohol Testing

Testing can play an important part in your organisation’s recruitment process. We will work with you to ensure tests are undertaken under controlled conditions.

As standard, urine or oral fluid testing is the preferred choice for employers. But there are alternatives for more senior positions or sensitive roles in Government. Hair drug testing is an ideal solution for analysing longer term drug or alcohol misuse.

Random Drug and Alcohol Testing

Random testing in an excellent deterrent in the workplace. Also, if implemented in a fair way, it can become part of your everyday safety culture.

There are many testing options available. As a result, we can provide a solution that meets the needs of employers, employees and trade unions. Also, our Directors and senior managers have more than 15 years’ experience in this sector. This means we can provide you with examples of what has worked well and not so well.

  • Point of care testing. The provision of instant screen results, providing a sign of possible misuse. The sample types used for this type of test are urine and oral fluid. But there are limitations to this type of test. As a result, a laboratory confirmation test should be undertaken to confirm results.
  • Urine Laboratory testing. The science is well established for urine drug testing. As a result, this is still our most popular test in the workplace. But oral fluid lab testing has many advantages over urine testing, see below.
  • Oral Fluid Laboratory testing. The science behind this test has come on leaps and bounds in the last few years. As a result, it is now UKAS 17025 accredited. It has many advantages over urine lab testing. These include less invasive sample collection; No secure toilet facilities required; Difficult to cheat the test; Also, it is deemed a fairer test in the workplace due to a smaller detection window.
  • Breath Alcohol testing. We only use Home Office approved breathalysers. Also used in conjunction with any of the above at no extra cost.

Each of the above tests have their pros and cons. We will work with you before deciding on the best fit for your business. More information can be found under Types of Tests.

Periodic Drug and Alcohol Testing

Periodic testing tends to be for more safety critical industries. For example, conditions of a sub-contract might be to undergo periodic testing. As a result, this will ensure you meet the safety requirements for the contract. Other examples include off-shore workers or contractors working overseas. We also do lots of testing on individuals working for overseas companies in the UK.

Follow-up Drug and Alcohol Testing

We recommend this when supporting an employee who has drug and/or alcohol issues. For example, part of a rehabilitation programme to get them back to work.

Immediate Response (For Cause) including post incident/accident Testing

The immediate response service is in place for many of our larger clients. Usually, this is in place alongside an effective random drug testing programme. The service means we will attend site in an agreed time, usually 2 – 3 hours. The call-out is usually made following an incident or accident at work. Also, this can include a response to a suspicion or allegation (For-cause) of drug or alcohol misuse.

We will support and guide you through the implementation of the immediate response service. This includes ensuring that personnel have access to the required procedures and documentation.

Follow the links below for further information:

Workplace Drug Testing Options
Support for implementing Drug Testing in your Workplace
Workplace Drug and Alcohol Policy Support