Random Drug Testing

Random drug testing what does it mean, how will it benefit your company or school and how to introduce it 

Random drug testing at work

An increasing number of companies in the UK are now conducting random drugs tests at work to screen their employees for drugs and alcohol. This is particularly popular in safety-critical industries where being under the influence of drugs or alcohol poses a risk to the individual or to others and forms part of the health & safety policy of many British companies.

Access Diagnostic Tests UK Ltd have been supplying onsite drug testing kits for this purpose now for over 10 years. We have a selection of drug testing kits for both urine and saliva that are ideal for random drug testing in the workplace.
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Benefits of random drug testing

Introducing random workplace drug and alcohol screening often has the benefit of reducing casual drug usage even without the need for regular or expensive drug screening. A totally random screening program is all that is required to motivate drug and alcohol avoidance behaviour in all but the most resistant and dependent users.

Introducing random drug testing at work

Pre-employment drug and alcohol screening as part of a general pre-offer health check for all new employees is the ideal time to introduce the principles of drug and alcohol screening as a routine part of the employment package.
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When & how to perform random drug testing

As the name suggests random drug testing needs to occur at random times and not be predictable

Having said this random screening is best targeted at high-risk times. Monday morning and Friday afternoon being the prime detection periods for casual weekend drug use and Friday lunchtime drinking. 

Post-incident /accident drug and alcohol screening should also be considered to exclude drug and alcohol effects as causal or contributory. This is often required by HSE investigators and should always be considered in any event likely to be referred for HSE investigation.

Operate a fair random drug screening program at work

All random drug screening programs must be operated fairly, be proportionate to the risk of the employment role, and operated as part of a comprehensive workplace drugs and alcohol policy, written into the terms of service or employment contract.
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Random drug & alcohol testing in schools

Drug & alcohol testing is popular in many British schools where the staff are acting in loco parentis and want to screen the students in their care for drug or alcohol use. It is particularly popular in boarding schools where the students are spending much longer hours and may be many miles from home. 

In the case of schools, the drug or alcohol testing tends to occur when there is suspicion of drug or alcohol, use such as after a night out or party or if a suspect tablet or powder is discovered by staff.

The most common drugs that are likely to be picked up by random drug testing in school are Cannabis & alcohol so schools may opt to just screen for these or may go for a multipanel urine drug testing kit that screens for the most common drugs of abuse and a digital breathalyzer to screen for blood alcohol levels. 
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Alcohol breathalyzer for schools

The breathalyzer can be particularly useful to check sixth formers who are driving themselves home after a function at school were alcohol may have been served to them.
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