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Drug testing in the workplace can rapidly detect the presence or absence of any substance of abuse. Screening employees on site is a much quicker and cheaper option than back-to-lab testing when all biological samples are sent to a laboratory for analysis.

Oral fluid and urine are the most common on-site screening tests. An immediate negative result whilst undergoing workplace drug testing is obviously the best outcome for both employee and employer as it usually means that no further action needs to be taken. The employee can safely return to work.

Any non-negative result on a screening device would require further investigation. The employee should be informed and immediately cease all safety-critical functions. 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 drug has been taken and in what quantity.

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.

Advantages of drug testing in the workplace

The main advantage of drug testing in the workplace is that it establishes a company ethos for everyone to adhere to. The negative effects of drugs misuse at work can significantly impact on productivity. A company looking to safeguard its business and maintain its reputation introduces drug testing in the workplace as part of its drug testing policy. This policy provides details of the comprehensive testing schedules and the consequences of failing a drugs test. In addition, drug screening is often implemented prior to hiring new employees to discourage substance abusers from applying for a position.

Implementing a successful drug testing policy will not only increase productivity, decrease costs and maintain the reputation of the company, but it will also mean that your business is operating lawfully to ensure the safety of your employees and the general public under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (among others).

There are various types of drug testing services to suit all forms of business that can protect employees, as well as your company.

A robust drug testing policy, backed up by a comprehensive workplace testing programme, will help contribute to the development of a positive and successful workforce. Should a problem arise, systems are in place to help the people in need. Where possible, assistance should be offered, such as counselling, treatment and education.

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

For a consultation with no obligation, or information on drug testing in the workplace or any of our workplace testing services, call us on 0333 600 1300, email at, or visit our website at