Drug and alcohol testing in the workplace traditionally has mainly been implemented by industries where drug-affected employees pose a serious safety risk to themselves and others, such as transport, mining or construction.
With reports showing that two in three users use some form of drugs at work, including illicit ones, the need for drug screening is fast becoming universal.
What are the drug and alcohol testing methods in the workplace?
Our mobile clinics are capable of carrying out urine and saliva testing. The screening is quick, reliable, and ensures that your workday’s productivity is as unaffected as possible. The positive results are forwarded to our partner laboratories for further verification, as it is possible to get false positives due to factors like an employee’s pre-existing medical condition and impairment, or prescribed medications they are taking.
What kind of drug testing should you use?
When assessing what is appropriate for your organisation, you have to carefully think about your company’s circumstances and your main reason for testing. Are you testing for the integrity of your workforce? Are you aiming to improve safety and productivity? Are you weeding out high risk individuals from your pool of candidates?
Below are the different kinds of testing and the objectives they are best suited for:
- Random screening: A number of employees will be selected randomly to undergo testing within an identified period of time. This is the type of testing most often used in workplaces, but contrary to popular belief, a random testing is not meant to catch offenders. Instead, it is a means of preventing drug abuse by deterring employees from using illegal substances. The random selection has been shown to be effective in curbing drug use since employees will not know beforehand if they will be tested.
- Blanket screening: A blanket screening involves testing an entire workforce for drugs. This is recommended at the commencement of a Drug-Safe programme to establish a “base-line” of alcohol and drug risk within your organisation. This becomes very cost effective as a true picture of risk is developed allowing focussed testing to occur in those areas that indicate substance abuse clusters.
- Targeted screening: Targeted screening tests for specific drugs or substances. For screenings like pre-employment drug tests, they test for cannabis or methamphetamines as these are the two most commonly used substances.
Drug Safe was the first on-site testing organisation to be accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) to conduct on-site screening using mobile clinics. While we have the skills to provide all forms of Alcohol and Other Drug screening there are often some circumstances where one is more appropriate than another. Our Drugsafe consultant can help you decide which drug screening will work best for your organisation.
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