With bad publicity, fines, legal ramifications, industrial tribunals, and health and safety risks being a result of the smallest incident of drug abuse or alcohol misuse, it is important for a company’s integrity that the appropriate steps are taken to minimise risks.

Implementation of an effective substance abuse policy establishes employer rights to conduct workplace drug and alcohol testing if required. In addition it ensures adherence to the duty of care of an employer to protect their workforce and keep employees safe. There are a range of approaches available to complement your policy in order to ensure a safer working environment.

At Randox Testing Services we provide testing solutions to enable you to conduct employee testing. Our screening procedure is efficient and involves an experienced sample collection officer visiting your premises to collect samples and transport them back to our laboratories for analysis.

Our testing solutions ensure coverage of all types of employee testing, and meet the needs of all businesses.

  • Pre-employment Screening

    Pre-employment screening for substance abuse is an increasingly common type of workplace drug and alcohol testing. As an indicator of candidate suitability it forms an essential part of a company’s recruitment process, and helps maintain the safety of its current employee workforce and business environment.

    Process of Pre-employment Screening

    Determining whether a potential employee is involved in substance abuse requires a pre-employment medical to be conducted. As part of this process, you as the employer can choose the type of sample you wish to test, but consideration should be given to the detection windows for each sample. Our testing methods are non-invasive to ensure patient comfort, and include breath testing, oral fluid (saliva) testing, urine testing, hair testing, or a combination of these. In the case of pre-employment screening we recommend use of a hair strand test and/or urine test.

    Throughout the process, we can provide support and guidance to ensure correct procedures are followed, including support in creating, or modifying, a new or existing workplace drug and alcohol testing policy. This is important in clearly stating the company’s position on drug abuse or alcohol misuse to all potential employees.

    Who Uses Pre-employment Screening?

    Employers and recruiters for industries which have safety critical roles, such as construction & manufacturing, usually avail of this type of employee testing. Such industries have an increased risk of health and safety to the employee due to the nature of the job role. In some cases this extends to the safety of the general public, for example in industries such as aviation, transport, and emergency services, where public safety is the responsibility of the employee.

      Key Benefits:

      • Pre-employment screening is one of the easiest programmes to implement
      • Screening applicants for use of drugs and alcohol ensures you employ the right people for your business, and is an effective way of preventing future issues such as absenteeism and decreased productivity
      • Pre-employment screening can help protect the integrity of a company by acting as an effective deterrent to prospective employees who abuse drugs and alcohol
  • Random Testing

    Random testing for drugs and alcohol is a popular type of employee testing. With knowledge that a test could be conducted with anyone at any time, it acts as an effective deterrent of drug abuse or alcohol misuse among employees. Ensuring the integrity of staff across all levels, random testing can be conducted with employees at any level, from temporary employees to managers and directors.

    Process of Random Testing

    The process includes, firstly, ensuring a clear workplace drug and alcohol testing policy is in place. At Randox Testing Services we provide support and guidance to help you set up, or modify a new or existing policy via our consultancy service. Employees should also be made aware that random drug and alcohol testing is carried out; this can take the form of a clear statement in an employee’s contract outlining that random testing can be conducted with little to no notice. Notification of this conforms to legislation whilst respecting employee rights.

    Secondly, we will work with you to determine the percentage of your workforce you would like to test, and how often you would like employee testing to be carried out. Whilst we recommend random drug and alcohol testing should be performed at least quarterly, the decision is yours.

    To avoid employee discrimination, and to ensure testing is random, we use our random selection technology to eliminate bias and provide accurate random selections.

    The type of sample you would like to test will also be chosen, with careful consideration given to the detection windows for each sample. Our testing methods include breath testing, oral fluid (saliva) testing, urine testing, hair testing, or a combination. In the case of random drug and alcohol testing we recommend use of a hair strand test and/or urine test.

    Finally, we will arrive to your workplace unannounced to carry out sample collections from the random selection of employees. Using strict chain of custody procedures we ensure sample integrity and patient confidentiality is maintained.

      Who Uses Random Drug and Alcohol Testing?

      As one of the best ways to ensure a safe working environment, random testing is widely used across a number of different industries including:

      • Aviation
      • Construction and manufacturing
      • Maritime
      • Transport
      • Utilities
      • Oil and Gas
      • Emergency services

      Key Benefits:

       

      • Random testing is a deterrent for employees as they are aware they could be asked to undertake a test at any time
      • It is a convenient and easy way to maintain a safe working environment free from substance abuse
      • Employees are less likely to tactfully try to disguise results, or alter their habits, as they will be given little to no notice that a test is going to be conducted
      • Proven to reduce accidents, absenteeism, staff turnover, and lateness among staff, random testing improves productivity within the workplace
      • Employees are less likely to feel singled out due to random selection
  • For-cause Testing

    For-cause drug and alcohol testing is conducted when there is suspected drug abuse or alcohol misuse in the workplace. Suspicion may arise as a result of the employee exerting signs of substance abuse, if an allegation has been made, if drugs or alcohol have been found within the workplace, or following an accident at work.

    Under the Misuse of Drugs Act (1971), if an employer suspects an employee is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they are legally required to take appropriate action to protect the safety of the employee concerned, other members of staff, and the general public.

      Signs of Substance Abuse*

      • Poor time-keeping
      • Lack of motivation
      • Decrease in job performance
      • Decrease in concentration and energy
      • Uncharacteristic behaviour such as aggression or irritability
      • Confusion
      • Sudden changes in mood
      • Over-active behaviour

      * Remember that these are only signs and can be caused by other factors.

    For-cause Testing Process

    The nature of for-cause testing means that testing can be required ‘on-the-spot’. At Randox Testing Services, we offer a 24-hour call-out service which guarantees an experienced collection officer will arrive to your company within a maximum of 2 hours to perform a sample collection. This excellent service is available 24/7, 365 days a year and complies fully with
    chain of custody procedures. For more information on this service, please contact us.

    In addition, as with all employee testing an effective workplace drug and alcohol testing policy should be in place. At Randox Testing Services we provide a consultancy service to help you create, or modify, a new or existing policy to ensure it is legally viable. Our training and education service also offers drug and alcohol management awareness to provide businesses with advice and guidance to help identify workplace substance abuse.

    Who Uses For-cause Drug and Alcohol Testing?

    For-cause testing is used by employers across a wide range of industries, particularly those with increased risk of health and safety to employees and the general public.

      Key Benefits:

       

      • Legal compliance with correct measurements being taken if an employee is suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol
      • Can deter employee misuse of drugs or alcohol due to a workplace drug and alcohol testing policy being in place
      • Cost savings as a result of increased productivity with issues being discovered and rectified early
  • Post-incident Drug and Alcohol Testing

    Post-incident drug and alcohol testing occurs after an accident or incident in the workplace to determine if drugs or alcohol may have contributed to the cause. Incidents include injury to an employee, assault of an employee by another member of staff or damage to property. If post-incident drug and alcohol testing is required, it is recommended that all employees involved are tested.

    Post-incident Testing Process

    Incidents can occur at any time within the workplace. Our 24-hour call-out service guarantees sample collection within a maximum of 2 hours to ensure immediate testing in cases of workplace incidents. This service is available 24/7, 365 days a year and complies fully with chain of custody procedures. For more information on this service, please contact us.

    Post-incident testing can form a major part of an incident investigation. It is extremely important that all information is recorded by an independent third party. At Randox Testing Services, we provide expert witness reports detailing the process followed from sample collection to result reporting.

    Who Uses Post-incident Drug and Alcohol Testing?

    Post-incident testing is used by employers across a wide range of
    industries. With the ability for incidents to occur in any work environment the need for post-incident testing may arise in any business.

      Key Benefits:

       

      • Safeguards the rights of employees and employers by proving or disproving if drugs or alcohol were a factor in an incident
      • Minimises the chances of a similar incident occurring
  • Abstinence Monitoring Drug and Alcohol Testing

    Abstinence monitoring testing is conducted in circumstances where an employee, having tested positive for a previous drug or alcohol test, is monitored to ensure they remain abstinent from drug abuse or alcohol misuse. It may also be conducted if an employee is returning to work from a period of absence relating to substance abuse. This type of testing aids an employer in supporting the employee through their rehabilitation.

    Abstinence Monitoring Process

    The process of abstinence monitoring is to provide employees with the support and opportunity to remain abstinent and continue successfully at work. At Randox Testing Services we offer tailored testing solutions to ensure your needs are met. In addition, we provide a consultancy service to help businesses introduce workplace drug and alcohol testing, including helping you to create, or modify a new or existing policy. A workplace drug and alcohol testing policy is essential for employee testing to be conducted.

    Who Uses Abstinence Monitoring Testing?

    Abstinence monitoring is used by employers across a variety of industries. To ensure appropriate use of abstinence monitoring testing, we offer advice to determine the circumstances under which this type of testing is appropriate.

      Key Benefits:

       

      • Ensures that an employer is tackling and reducing the instances of substance abuse in the workplace
      • Shows support from an employer throughout an employee’s rehabilitation process
      • Increases employee morale and productivity
      • Helps prevent staff turnover by offering a second chance
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