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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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