Workplace Drug Testing – Are Your Staff Taking Drugs?

Workplace Drug Testing and why you need to do it

If you are an employer, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your employees are free of harmful drugs.  The use of drugs of abuse may potentially affect work performance and/or safety. Drugs can negatively affect both the body and brain in numerous ways. They will most likely interfere with your suspected employee’s cognitive and physical capabilities. The employee in question may pose a potential hazard to everyone they work with or near. It is your duty to make sure the rest of your staff is out of harm’s way relative to a drug-impaired employee.

Testing for drugs in the workplace

If you suspect or simply desire to test your staff for drug abuse, it is crucial to put a workplace drug testing policy in place first. The policy should ideally notify employees of a few key areas :

  • Clearly state a zero tolerance policy for drug abuse within the workplace
  • All employees will be subject to random drug testing at administrator’s discretion
  • Abusing drugs or working under the influence of drugs is a dismissible offence

Workplace Drug Testing and legislation

As the employer, it is your job to stay well-informed of the most current governmental legislation concerning workplace drug testing. If you suspect a staff member has a drug problem, it is in their best interest that you make every effort possible to assist them. Encourage them to get the professional help they need. Launch a drug awareness programme to promote knowledge regarding drug abuse. This should be for both staff and administrative managers if drug misuse is indeed an issue.

Zoom Testing supplies urine drug tests and saliva drug tests. Both types of drug test can be safely and reliably used by employers. for most companies we advise the use of multi panel drug tests as they can screen for multiple drugs at the same time  The use of drug tests should form part of a company drugs policy when introducing workplace drug testing.

Best Workplace Drug Testing Kits

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Cannabis Drug Test (THC)

Professional cannabis urine drug test kits. These single use cannabis drug test cassettes detect THC in urine at a cut-off of 50 ng/mL. Zoom Testing cannabis drug tests are 99% reliable and give results in less than 5 minutes. This product is used to obtain a visual, qualitative result and ... Read More

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Cocaine Drug Test (COC)

Cocaine Drug Test (COC)

Professional cocaine urine drug test kits. These single use cocaine drug testing cassettes detect COC in urine at a cut-off of 300 ng/mL. Zoom Testing cocaine drug screening tests are 99% reliable and give results in less than 5 minutes. This product is used to obtain a visual, qualitative result ... Read More

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AL7000 Alcohol Breathalyser

AL7000 Alcohol Breathalyser

Alcohol Digital Breathalyzer – Breath Test Breathalyser – AL7000 AlcoDigital This premium EU digital breathalyser is perfect for use in the UK and Europe as it clearly displays the following drink driving limits: England, Wales & Northern Ireland - 0.350mg/l Scotland, Ireland & France - 0.220mg/l For Workplace HSE Screening ... Read More

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10 Panel Drug Test Cup

10 Panel Drug Test with Integrated Cup – Type B

This Multi Drug Test Kit is an 10 drug panel test with integrated cup and temperature test strip. It is ideal for testing for several drugs at once, saving both time and money. This unbranded test is manufactured by Wondfo. It's a great value option. This low cost test kit ... Read More

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12 Panel Urine Drug Test Kit – Type D

12 Panel Urine Drug Test Kit – Type D

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

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This post has been updated since its original publication in 2013.

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