Drug and alcohol testing is used in the workplace to rapidly detect the presence or absence of any substance of abuse. Screening employees on site is a much quicker and cheaper option than sending all biological samples to a laboratory for testing, known as back-to-lab testing.

The negative effects of drugs and alcohol misuse at work can significantly impact on productivity. The main advantage of drug and alcohol testing is that it establishes a company ethos for everyone to adhere to. A company looking to safeguard its business and maintain its reputation introduces drug and alcohol testing at work as part of its substance abuse testing policy. This policy provides details of the comprehensive testing schedules and the consequences of failing a drugs and/or alcohol test. The types of testing procedure will be explained, such as random, for-cause, post-incident and post-rehab. In addition, drug and alcohol screening is often implemented prior to hiring new employees to discourage substance abusers from applying for a position.

Oral fluid and urine are the most common on-site screening tests. An immediate negative result whilst undergoing workplace testing is obviously the best outcome for both employee and employer as it usually means that no further action needs to be taken. Any non-negative result on a screening device would require further investigation. This is because an amount of substance was detected. It could be a trace amount and within the margin of error, but as it’s not negative it will need confirmation analysis back at the laboratory. Further analysis will be able to confirm what substance has been taken and in what quantity.

Should an employee receive a non-negative test result, they must be informed and immediately cease all safety-critical functions. AlphaBiolabs is proud to provide the fastest laboratory results available. Same day results can be provided if required to alleviate any anxiety to the individual concerned and minimise any absences from work.

AlphaBiolabs can create a bespoke workplace drug and alcohol testing programme for your business and implement this policy for a fully managed solution.

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