Drug and Alcohol use is an increasing problem for UK employers. Evidence suggests the risks from employees attending work under the influence of both drugs and alcohol have increased substantially in the last 10 years.
Drugs and Alcohol have multiple effects on the brain and the body, often lasting long after the drug or Alcohol was consumed, this can affect an employee’s performance at work, even if the misuse takes place outside the place of work.
Why should employers introduce workplace drug testing
Employers have a duty to ensure a safe workplace, as far as is reasonably practicable, this includes measures to ensure that their employees are not a danger as a consequence of illicit drugs or alcohol use whilst at work.
What we provide
- A simple mouth swab Saliva test with 99% accuracy
- Results within 10 minutes
- Testing kits certified standards by CE, FDA, TUV, GMP, ISO IVDD
- Ideal for Construction, workplace, healthcare, occupational health and schools
- Provides on-site results for 12 substances including…
- Marijuana – detection up to 8-12hrs
- Synthetic Cannabis – detection up to 24-48hrs
- Cocaine – detection for 24-48hrs
- Opiates – detection for 7-21hrs
- Methamphetamine – detection for 72hrs
- Amphetamine – detection for 72hrs
- Benzodiazepines – detection for 72hrs
- Methadone – detection for 12-24hrs
- Buprenorphine – detection for 72hrs
- Oxycodone – detection for 72hrs
- PCP – detection for 12-24hrs
- Alcohol detected at 0.02% equivalent and above
If you are an employer wanting to test staff for drugs of abuse, consent has to be given before you can perform workplace drug testing on your employees . If your contract of employment has no drug and alcohol testing clause, you may still approach any employee and request they provide a sample for drug and alcohol testing, at any time. They can refuse.
UK Driving Limits (excluding Scotland)
- Blood Test – 80 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres, 80mg/ml, 0.08 BAC, 0.8 Promille
- Breath Test – 35 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 milliliters of breath BrAC
Drink drive limits for professional drivers and operatives UK
The Railways Transportation Safety Bill, has introduced lower limits for those working in the transport industry. The limit is one quarter of the UK Drink-Drive limit and the lowest detectable level possible allowing for the residual levels that can exist in anyone whether they’ve been drinking or not. The lower limits also apply to pilots, cabin crew, air traffic controllers, aircraft engineers, train drivers, and commercial seamen
- Blood test – 20 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres, 20mg/ml, 0.02 BAC, 0.2 Promille
- Breath test – 9 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 milliliters of breath (BrAC)