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:
- Construction and manufacturing
- Oil and Gas
- Emergency services