Drug Screen for Workplace Drug Testing

Choosing a Drug Screen for Workplace Drug Testing

Drug testing employees is common practice in many companies, but there are so many testing kits available that choosing the right one can be intimidating. It doesn’t help that there are few resources to help you decide which one is right for your company’s needs. Many of the less expensive and unbranded kits are not very accurate, making them unsuitable for workplace drug testing. The frequency of false results, both positive and negative, can mean that saving money on testing can cost you in the long run.

If you are looking for an accurate drug test kit for onsite testing, here are some questions to ask yourself.

What drugs are you looking for?

It may seem like a no-brainer that you would want to run a combination test, known as a multi-panel drug test. But there are still a wide range of these types of kits that test for various groups of drugs. Do you need a 3 panel test? 5 panel? 12 panel? What is the industry specific minimum? What is the expected baseline? Zoom Testing can help you determine all of this information and more and help you determine which drugs you should be looking for. The fact is, most companies don’t really need to test for more than 5 or 6 drug groups, some of which will be influenced by demographics and regional issues. Zoom Testing can walk you through all of this to help you avoid spending money on irrelevant tests.

What time frame do you want to look at?

Most drug testing kits analyze samples of either urine or saliva. Most drugs are detectable in the urine for significantly longer than they are in saliva. Urine is more appropriate for detecting recreational drug use, while saliva tests are better for identifying those employees who have drugs active in their systems while working. A full listing of drugs and how long they are detectable by various test types is available on our website,

Urine tests or saliva, what collection method is best for your company?

Many employers don’t want to handle urine samples. A primary reason for this is that the person conducting the test is not able to directly oversee the sample collection to ensure that the sample actually comes from the person being tested. Saliva sample collection is a good alternative, especially when a health care suite is unavailable for testing. When urine testing is the preferred method, cup drug tests are a good option. The collection cups have a temperature strip to deter or detect sample substitution or dilution. Some cup drug tests also include adulteration test strips. The testee is given the cup, provides a urine sample, and the original sample is sealed for confirmation testing.

Branded quality is important

All drug tests are not created equal. The biotechnology quality and the construction of the components are vital to a kit that provides reliable and accurate results. When you use a cheap, unbranded test kit, you run the risk of false results, both positive and negative. False positive results cause more problems than false negatives, but both compromise the integrity of your workforce. We recommend that you always use a branded professional test from well known distributors with many years of experience in drug test products. Don’t hesitate to ask questions about the product and how long they’ve carried it. Ask about how the product is stored and whether batch certification is available. CE and FDA are basic requirements and updated every three years. They are not, however, a guarantee of quality.

Customer support and post sales support based in the UK are important

The harsh truth is that, if you perform drug testing on employees, you will sooner or later have to deal with positive results, in which case, you will need additional information and support from the company that provided your test kit. Zoom Testing gives you direct phone access to knowledgeable customer support representatives who can answer any questions you may have. Zoom Testing is based in the UK and offers technical and product support for any customer using our kits.

Best Workplace Drug Testing Kits

11 Panel Drug Test Urine

11 Panel Urine Drug Test Kit – Type A

11 Panel Urine Drug Test Ideal for Workplace Drug Testing Shows Positive or Negative Results for Each Drug Accuracy level of 99% ... Read More

£9.99 £9.15Add to basket

3 in 1 Saliva Drug Test (Oral Fluid Testing Kits)

3 in 1 Saliva Drug Test (Oral Fluid Testing Kits)

This Zoom Testing Oral Fluid Drug Test has been designed to check for the presence of the 3 most common drugs of abuse in the UK today - Cannabis, Cocaine & Heroin. This drug test has a brand new ergonomic design. It's an all-in-one test that simply requires the person ... Read More

£6.99Add to basket

Saliva Drug Test Classic

4 Drug Screen – Saliva – Type CA

A saliva drug test is generally the quickest and easiest way of testing for recent drug usage. This kind of test will also let you know if a person is “under the influence” of drugs at the time of testing or has recently been taking drugs. This test is an ... Read More

£9.99 £8.99Add to basket

Saliva Drug Test Classic

7 Drug Screen – Saliva – Type CA

A saliva drug test is an an extremely precise and reliable screening test. Saliva testing is an alternative to urine testing. Saliva testing can be more donor friendly, less invasive and no facilities are required to carry out the test procedure. There is also the added benefit of near impossible adulteration ... Read More

£11.99 £10.99Add to basket

Saliva Drug Test Classic

13 Drug Screen – Saliva – Type CA

Results in just 10 minutes Tests for 12 drugs of abuse plus alcohol 99% accurate when used correctly Suitable for workplace drug testing, clinics, hospitals etc Quick & easy to use, anywhere and anytime Safe and clean collection process No special training or equipment required CE &  FDA certified ... Read More

£17.99Add to basket

AL6000 Alcohol Breathalyser

AL6000 Alcohol Breathalyser

Driving under the influence of alcohol is not safe. In fact, it is illegal if you exceed the accepted drink drive limits set by different countries. After a couple of glasses of wine, how would you know if you were safe to drive your car home? For many, the easiest ... Read More

£74.99 £69.99Add to basket

This post has been updated since its original publication in 2014.