Frequently Asked Questions
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Is drug and alcohol testing an invasion of privacy?
Is all the data confidential?
In addition, we follow UK data protection laws and after a period of time all client data are destroyed securely.
What is chain of custody?
Sealing of sample containers, transport and control of samples, receipt of samples by the laboratory and supervision of laboratory tests remain under strict discipline throughout the chain of custody.
It is designed to link, beyond doubt, the sample and result to the employee.
What drugs are tested for?
A standard workplace panel will include:
What makes a test positive?
A positive result means that the drug has been used but will not indicate frequency of use or when it was used last.
What are cut-off levels?
At AlphaBiolabs, we follow the guidelines and cut-off values set out by the European Workplace Drug Testing Society.
Is drug testing reliable?
All our legal tests follow a strict chain of custody and are legally admissible in UK courts.
What happens when the employee is tested?
Will the employee be required to give a urine sample in the presence of a collector?
What if an employee declines to be tested?
Some policies outline that if an employee declines a drug or alcohol test, their test result will be an automatic fail.
What facilities should be provided for collecting urine samples?
What if an employee is unable to give a urine sample?
If they are still unable to do so, this information would be passed on.
An alternative test may be offered (e.g., oral fluid), and if this sample is refused then the employee will be marked as ‘unwilling’ to give a sample as opposed to ‘unable’. Your workplace drug and alcohol testing policy should contain procedures to follow in this instance.
Is introducing workplace drug and alcohol testing expensive?
How long can a drug be detected in urine?
How long can a drug be detected in oral fluid?
Is there any preparation for the test?
Can an employee challenge the results?
They will not be permitted to give another sample but the retest will be carried out on the secondary portion of the original sample, which the laboratory still holds.
Depending on your company policy, the employee may have to cover the cost of the retest.
What time period does hair testing cover?
How soon after use can a drug be detected in hair?
Body hair growth rates are generally slower and cannot be used to determine a specific timeframe of drug use.