At work you want a drug free environment for health, a productive environment, and for safety. UK health and safety laws require an organisation to take certain steps against the use of drugs by employees. In some cases this can require “workplace drug testing” as this is an effective method of testing. This will normally involve using multi panel drug tests.
Multi panel drug tests are quick and accurate and provide rapid and reliable results. These kits can be used to determine if there has been any drug abuse taking place. It cаn be difficult to validate that type of drug that has been taken and you’ll need to test for several different drugs to determine which drug the employee has taken. To help in this type of situation there are multi-panel drug kits available.
Regular drug kits are only able to test one drug but the multi-panel kits can detect various drugs by using just a single sample. Here’s how these kits can be beneficial to you and your organisation.
Understanding Multi-Panel Drug Tests
These kits are similar to regular drug kits except they are able to test more than one drug at a time. They can detect 2 to 12 drugs at once with just one test. There are several types of multi panel drug tests, including saliva drug tests, hair testing kits, and urine multi-panel drug testing kits. The number of drugs the kits tests gives it its classification so if the kit tests 3 drugs it would be called a 3 panel drug testing kit. The kits will test the number of drugs that the kit is designed for.
5 panel drug kits are popular with many employers. For example, the most popular Zoom Testing – 5 Drug Test will detect the following 5 drugs:
- AMP Amphetamines (1000 ng/ml)
- COC Cocaine (300 ng/ml)
- MET Methamphetamines (1000 ng/ml)
- MOP Heroin (Opiates/Morphine) (300 ng/ml)
- THC Cannabis (50 ng/ml)
Why Multi Panel Drug Tests are useful
These types of drug test kits are useful for drug testing because they just make things easier for the employer.Testing just once is less invasive on an individual and less intrusive on employee privacy. No repeated procedures, less costs and other factors which make the kits ideal to use. The employer that uses these kits will have an easier time and reduce problems when they use a multi-panel drug testing kit.
These kits test for the most widely used drugs and some illicit drugs too that are commonly abused by people. This ensures that the most commonly used drugs of abuse are always detected by these kits.
Easy for Employees
These kits can detect drugs in just a single use so there’s no constant drug testing that the employee has to go through. This is less invasive for the employee and the will feel more comfortable going through the test.
There’s less cost involved for the employer as there’s no need to test drug after drug like you need to do with the single drug kits. You’ll only need to use one kit for a wide number of drugs which will reduce your overall drug testing costs.
Ease of Drug Testing
These kits are simple to use like other drug testing kits. There’s no need for professionals to help you and the kits can be used at any time in the workplace. These kits provide accurate and quick results which are reliable according to standards. It will take about 5 minutes for the results of the test to show so you can take the appropriate action against drug use.
It’s to your benefit to use multi-panel drug kits in your workplace as they provide a whole host of advantages for you.
This post has been updated since its original publication in 2013.