Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing

Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing can help increase productivity, reduce absenteeism and ensure your business is operating lawfully, whilst complying with your Health & Safety Management systems and Policies.

Any drug and alcohol testing programme should always be underpinned by a robust drug and alcohol policy. The Drug and Alcohol policy does not need to be a complicated document. In fact, Crystal Health recommend that it is developed in a simple and clear way to reflect the organisations industry sector and ways of working.

Depending on your requirements, we can support you in the development or review of your drug and alcohol policy in a variety of ways. Further detail can be found in the section below Drug & Alcohol Policy Development & Implementation.

Our team of workplace drug and alcohol testing specialists can discuss the options available to you. Once we have a clear idea of your requirements, a bespoke commercial quotation can be produced for your company.

Crystal Health offer a variety of sample types to cater for the type of testing and circumstances in which it is required.

The circumstances in which workplace drug and alcohol testing is required can be:

  • Pre-employment Drug and Alcohol Testing
  • Random Drug and Alcohol Testing (announced and unannounced)
  • Periodic Drug and Alcohol Testing
  • Follow-up Drug and Alcohol Testing
  • Immediate Response (For Cause and post incident) Drug and Alcohol Testing
  • Industry Specific Drug and Alcohol Testing

Pre-employment Drug and Alcohol Testing

Drug and alcohol testing can play an important part in any organisations recruitment process. Crystal Health work with recruitment agencies and directly with employers to ensure drug and alcohol tests are performed on individuals in accordance with recruitment requirements.

Standardly, Urine or Oral Fluid testing is the preferred choice of agencies and employers. However, for more senior positions or sensitive roles in Government, Hair testing is undertaken to determine if historical drug and/or alcohol use has taken place.

Random Drug and Alcohol Testing

In conjunction with a compliant and robust drug and alcohol policy, Random Drug and Alcohol Testing is the most effective deterrent to drug and alcohol use in the workplace

There are a number of options available in terms of testing and sample types. Standardly, the following drug and alcohol tests are performed for Crystal Health clients for random testing programmes:

  • Instant result Urine Point of Care Drug Testing
  • Urine Laboratory Drug & Alcohol Testing
  • Oral Fluid Laboratory Drug Testing
  • Breath Alcohol Testing (Can be used in conjunction with any of the above)

Each of the above tests have advantages and factors that must be considered before deciding on the best fit for your business. Detailed information regarding each drug and alcohol test can be found under Types of Tests.

Periodic Drug and Alcohol Testing

Similar to Random Drug and Alcohol testing, the difference being that periodic testing tends to be for more safety critical industries. For example, conditions of a sub-contract might be to undergo periodic testing every 3 months to ensure conditions of the main contract are met. Other examples of Periodic Drug and Alcohol testing are for off-shore workers, contractors working overseas or individuals working for overseas companies in the UK.

Follow-up Drug and Alcohol Testing

This is recommended when supporting an employee who has drug and/or alcohol issues and is going through a rehabilitation programme to get back to work.

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

An immediate response service may be required for numerous reasons, including following an incident or accident at work or due to suspicion or allegation (For Cause)

Should your company require this service Crystal Health will support and guide you to ensure this service is implemented correctly and all responsible personnel have access to the required procedures and documentation.

Follow the useful links below for more information about drug testing in the workplace.

Workplace Drug Testing Options

Support for implementing Drug Testing in your Workplace

Workplace Drug and Alcohol Policy Support

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