Pre-employment / Pre-appointment Testing Services

  • The fastest drug and alcohol testing on the market
  • Same-day results available
  • 100% accurate and reliable
  • Wide range of testing methods offered (breath, urine, oral fluid, nail and hair)
  • Rapid sample screening on-site, with immediate results
  • Identify a wide range of drugs and their metabolites
  • Crucial for safety critical industries

Why choose pre-employment or pre-appointment testing?

Pre-employment or pre-appointment screening is becoming increasingly common in the workplace and can play a vital role in the recruitment process, safeguarding employees and the company from the effects of substance misuse.

Using urine, breath, oral fluid, nail clipping and/or hair strand testing, it is possible to determine whether a candidate has been misusing drugs or alcohol prior to being appointed.

Although drug and alcohol abuse impacts upon every industry in the UK, the effects are even greater in safety critical industries such as manufacturing, construction, logistics and engineering, where intoxication can lead to major incidents/accidents and health and safety breaches.

Aside from the health and safety issues, research shows that substance misuse has a knock-on effect across all areas of business, including productivity, staff morale and financial loss due to sickness absence.

By implementing pre-employment or pre-appointment screening, you can guard against the impact of substance misuse on your business, safeguard employees and protect your company’s reputation.

Now you have decided to implement pre-employment/pre-appointment drug and/or alcohol testing, you can get the answers you need from the UK’s fastest drug and alcohol testing laboratory.

With results available the same day and a range of simple, non-invasive testing solutions available, you can rest easy and protect your business from the effects of drug and alcohol misuse.

Rapid results from an accredited laboratory

We appreciate the disruption that can be caused if key personnel provide a non-negative sample during pre-employment or pre-appointment screening. That’s why we have developed a rapid testing service to provide same-day results as required.

Our UKAS-accredited laboratory is trusted by employers across the UK who come to us for their drug and alcohol testing. So you know your business is in good hands.

Did you know that 17% of unemployed people and 9% of full-time workers have a substance abuse problem?

Sample collection

AlphaBiolabs works with a nationwide network of fully qualified sample collectors who will attend your place of work and screen your candidates.

Our collectors are specially trained to take samples for a number of different drug and alcohol testing methods including breath alcohol testing (breathlysers), oral fluid, urine, nail clippings, and hair strand testing.

With all our testing methods, strict chain of custody procedures are maintained to ensure the samples are collected correctly and from the right people.

These stringent procedures mean that the information and results will be kept 100% confidential at all times, whilst also guaranteeing accuracy and efficiency throughout the process.

AlphaBiolabs can also provide training for your staff, enabling you to conduct your workplace drug and alcohol testing yourself on site, to the highest possible standard.

You can learn more about sample collection here.

Workplace drug and alcohol testing methods include:

oral fluid drug testing

Oral fluid drug testing

Oral fluid drug testing is a workplace drug testing method that can be used to determine whether someone is misusing drugs by taking a sample of their saliva and analysing it for particular substances. An immediate negative result may mean that no further action needs to be taken, but a non-negative result will then undergo confirmation testing from the laboratory to determine exactly what substance was taken and in what quantities.

This form of workplace drug testing can be particularly useful if you do not have anywhere suitably private to collect the sample, if the sample collector is of a different gender to the donor, or if a urine sample cannot be provided for any particular reason.

Oral fluid drug testing is known as a ‘narrow-window’ form of testing as its period of detection is up to 48 hours, although this can depend on the particular substance taken.

urine testing

Urine drug testing

Urine drug testing is a workplace drug testing method that can be used to determine whether someone is misusing drugs by taking a sample of their urine and analysing it for particular substances.

This form of testing can be particularly useful for on-site / point of care testing as an immediate negative result may mean that no further action is necessary. A non-negative result may require confirmation testing from the laboratory in order to determine exactly what substance was taken and in what quantities.

This form of drug testing has been established for many years and has an abundance of scientific evidence to support its accuracy when all the relevant procedures are followed.

Urine drug testing is known as a ‘narrow-window’ form of testing and the usual period of detection is approximately 4 days, although this can depend on the particular substance taken.

alcohol testing

Breath alcohol testing

The person being tested for alcohol use blows into a breath alcohol device, and the results are given as a digital readout.

The readout, known as the breath alcohol concentration (BAC), shows the level of alcohol in the breath at the time the test was taken. It does not measure past use of alcohol.

We have a number of devices we can use for breath alcohol testing dependent on your individual needs.

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Nail drug and alcohol testing

Nail testing for pre-employment or pre-appointment is becoming increasingly popular among UK employers, who recognise the benefits of this discreet, non-invasive test.

A nail test is an ideal option for pre-employment or pre-appointment screening, especially in instances where hair testing is not possible, such as for religious reasons, where the employee in question has little or no hair, or if they are concerned about the removal of hair affecting their appearance.

At present, AlphaBiolabs is one of a very small number of testing laboratories that is able to provide nail testing for the workplace.

Unlike oral fluid, urine or breath tests, a nail test (using nail clippings) is known as a ‘wide window’ test, giving us an overview of an individual’s drug or alcohol use of up to 12 months. It can also be used alongside other tests such as urine or oral fluid, for a complete picture of a prospective employee’s drug and/or alcohol consumption.

As with hair, nails are made from keratin, which is a fibrous protein. When an individual consumes drugs and/or alcohol, drug and/or alcohol metabolites are released into the bloodstream. Illicit substances become trapped in the keratin fibres of the nail and can be identified when nail clippings are analysed at the laboratory.

Although nail testing won’t give a historic segmented pattern of drug and/or alcohol use (which can be provided by hair strand testing), it can give an approximate six-month overview (fingernails) or 12-month overview (toenails) for the period prior to the samples being collected.

alcohol testing

Hair drug and alcohol testing

Hair drug and/or alcohol testing is an extremely useful form of testing for pre-employment or pre-appointment screenings, and is usually used to support other methods such as oral fluid and urine testing.

Unlike breath, oral fluid or urine testing, this test offers a ‘wide window’ of detection, providing an overview of up to 12 months of an individual’s drug and/or alcohol consumption (prior to the hair samples being collected).

When an individual consumes drugs, they are processed by the liver and their metabolites are passed into the bloodstream. A proportion of the drug’s metabolites enter the hair follicle, allowing us to determine a pattern of historic consumption using segmented analysis (segmenting the hair into 1cm sections, for a month-by-month profile of drug use) or overview analysis (three, six or 12 months depending on the length of hair being tested).

Testing for alcohol in head hair works by detecting two metabolites of ethanol (the intoxicating agent in alcoholic drinks); ethyl glucuronide (EtG) and the fatty acid ethyl ester (FAEE), ethyl palmitate (EtPa). These alcohol biomarkers are absorbed into the hair via different routes, and their levels can assist in assessing excessive alcohol consumption.

Unlike hair drug testing where the metabolites are absorbed through the root of the hair, when an individual consumes alcohol, biomarkers are found along the entire length of the hair. Therefore, it is not possible to segment the hair. Instead, a three or six-month overview can be provided (depending on the length of the hair sampled).

If you require a historic overview of a person’s drug and/or alcohol consumption and a hair test is not possible e.g. where an employee has little or no hair or they are concerned about their appearance, then a nail drug and/or alcohol test is recommended.

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