Drug and Alcohol Testing for Railways

Network Rail, London Underground and any other railway infrastructure owners and operators must adhere to stringent regulations in controlling the risks of alcohol and drugs of abuse with their employees.

All safety critical workers must produce a negative drug test before they can begin work and it is against the law for employees to carry out this kind of work under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Achilles RISQS Audited

RISQS Approved Drug and Alcohol Testing for Railways AlphaBiolabs is qualified by audit via the Achilles RISQS scheme to provide Network Rail drug and alcohol testing for railway employees:

  • ‘For Cause’ (available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year)
  • Unannounced
  • Random
  • Scheduled
  • Pre-employment screening

RISQS (previously known as Link-up) is the UK rail industry audit scheme for suppliers of safety- critical products and services that have achieved successful qualification.

RISQS enables suppliers to go through a single audit process that has been designed and agreed by multiple rail organisations.  AlphaBiolabs is fully RISQS qualified via audit, enabling us to provide Network Rail drug and alcohol testing services within the UK.

How AlphaBiolabs can help

AlphaBiolabs can provide:

  • Strict chain of custody protocols
  • UKAS 17025 accredited laboratory facilities for urine drug testing
  • Advice and information provided to the donor prior to testing
  • Fully trained and certified sample collection officers
  • Walk-in Centres available across the UK
  • An approved breath alcohol testing device
  • Robust tamper evident and adulteration protocols in place
  • Same day urine screen results provided
  • Fast confirmatory results available
  • Results uploaded to Network Rail Sentinel system

We can help you to determine your specific requirements in relation to RGS GE/RT 8070 Testing Railway Safety Critical Workers for Drugs & Alcohol.

All urine specimens and breath samples are collected by fully trained, experienced sample collectors under chain of custody procedures either at our nationwide Walk-in Centres or on site at a location of your choice.

Samples for Network Rail drug and alcohol testing can be collected at our Walk-in Centres based in North London, South London, Birmingham, Warrington, Manchester, Preston, Liverpool and Leeds.

The following drugs panel is screened for via our UK based accredited laboratory for all Network Rail drug testing:

  • Amphetamine
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Cannabis
  • Cocaine
  • Methadone
  • Opiates
  • Propoxyphene
  • MDMA (Ecstasy)

Alcohol is screened for using an approved breath alcohol device.

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