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AlphaBiolabs’ extensive range of workplace drug and alcohol testing services have been helping to protect businesses for over 10 years. According to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, employers are legally obliged to protect the safety of employees, members of staff and the general public if they are suspicious that individuals may be unfit to work due to drugs or alcohol misuse.

The range of testing services on offer include random, for-cause/post-incident/with-cause, pre-employment, post-rehab/follow-up and return-to-work testing, as well as policy writing and training. But what do these titles actually mean? Our glossary of Workplace testing terminology explains what all these services entail and how they can help your business.

For-cause drug and alcohol testing

For-cause drug and alcohol testing (also known as post-incident or with-cause testing) is for use when there are reasonable grounds to suspect that there is substance misuse occurring in the workplace. Urine drug testing and Oral fluid testing (also known as saliva testing) are the most popular methods of workplace screening when there is a suspicion of drug misuse. An immediate negative result from these point-of-care kits is obviously the best outcome for both employee and employer as it usually means that no further action needs to be taken. A non-negative result requires confirmation testing from the AlphaBiolabs laboratory to determine exactly what drug was taken. Further information on urine and oral drug testing methods can be read in our Learning Centre article.

Random drug and alcohol testing

Random drug and alcohol testing is one of the most effective ways to ensure that your employees are working in a safe environment. With a random testing policy in place it is made clear to employees that drug and alcohol testing can be undertaken with short or no notice. In addition, exactly who is to be tested will be unknown by the workforce. As such, it can reduce accidents and incidents, ill health, absenteeism and litigation, all of which have an impact on business productivity.

Pre-employment drug and alcohol testing services

Pre-employment drug and alcohol testing is particularly important during the recruitment process to ensure the future safety of the company and its employees. It is especially important for safety critical positions, where incidents can cause major accidents or health and safety breaches. This form of testing is becoming much more common as companies look to safeguard their businesses.

Post-rehabilitation drug and alcohol testing services

Post-rehabilitation drug and alcohol testing can be used to check if employees are misusing drugs or alcohol after a previous confirmed positive drug or alcohol test. This kind of test is also referred to as return-to-work testing or follow-up testing, and is often used as part of an employee’s reintegration to work. Post-rehabilitation testing can be used as part of a support plan for any employee who has previously misused drugs or alcohol. The option of a second chance can be determined by the outcome of post-rehabilitation testing.

Drug and alcohol awareness training

Your workforce needs to be aware of any drug and alcohol policy. Training can help raise awareness and educate staff to inform them of both the company’s obligations and their individual responsibilities concerning drugs and alcohol within the workplace. It can also reduce any ambiguity about what is unacceptable and provide guidance on what action will be taken if someone is involved with, or accused of, drug or alcohol misuse within the workplace. AlphaBiolabs can customise this training to industry sectors and design it to be relevant for employees at all levels within the business.

AlphaBiolabs can fully manage or provide advice regarding your drug and alcohol policy in conjunction with your health and safety procedures to ensure that it is independent and impartial. We can tailor your policy to your specific needs and provide bespoke solutions to any issues arising. For information on any of our workplace testing services, call us on 0333 600 1300, email at info@alphabiolabs.com, or visit our website at www.alphabiolabs.co.uk.