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Title: Occupational Drug and Alcohol Testing in the UK


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Occupational Drug and Alcohol testing
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  • Drug and Alcohol use and misuse at work has
    significant safety threats to a company's
    employees, customers and reputation.
  • They are notoriously difficult to manage once it
    becomes evident or are implied unless companies
    have strategies in place from the outset.
  • The use of illicit and prescription drug use
    within work places is rising.
  • This is causing concern amongst the business
    community and government departments.
  • Organisations which have business critical
    and safety critical roles need to have  a variety
    of strategies in place to manage these risks.
  • One such effective strategy is to have an
    established work place Drug and Alcohol Testing
    process.

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  • The benefits of workplace drug and alcohol
    testing include
  • Establishes a clear, ongoing and ambiguous
    company message that substance misuse is
    unacceptable
  • Acts as a deterrent against substance misuse at
    work
  • Acts to ensure employees confirm their
    prescription medications can be safely
    used whilst at work
  • Rapidly answers questions related to suspicions
    of substance misuse at work
  • Helps to answer whether short term, short notice
    sick leave relates to substance misuse
  • Gives confidence to managers/ HR that employees
    returning to work are being appropriately and
    safely monitored
  • Protects the company reputation and mitigates
    against accusations of substance misuse
    in relation to safely critical work and incidents

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  • Independent testing
  • We offer the ability to test for substances as
    part of a drug and alcohol policy / programme
    independent to the organisation thereby removing
    the implication of bias
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  • Independent review of results
  • The results of any Drug and or Alcohol test
    should be reviewed by a MRO ( Medical Review
    Officer)  to check to see if there is another
    reasonable explanation for the results.  We offer
    this service in conjunction with or separate to
    our testing capabilities.
  • More information about the MRO review process can
    be accessed here

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  • Testing
  • Testing can be done rapidly on site via POCT (
    Point of Care Testing)  and  sent for
    verification at approved laboratories  without
    delays
  • ?
  • When testing is needed
  • Testing as part of your HR Drug and Alcohol
    process is usually  done for the following
    scenarios
  • 1) Pre-employment - To ensure steps are taken in
    not hiring those taking , using, abusing illicit
    or psychoactive substances
  • 2) Post Incident/ accident - To see whether
    psychoactive substances were involved in an
    incident/ accident
  • 3) On suspicion of substance use/misuse- To
    answer whether someones change in behaviour,
    aggression or the smell of alcohol in their
    breath related to psychoactive substance use. 
  • 4) Randomly- To ensure compliance to the Drug and
    Alcohol policy and to act as a deterrent against
    illicit use. 
  • 5) Return to work/ Post rehabilitation- To ensure
    employees maintain their abstinence after
    returning to work.

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  • Samples of testing
  • The usual method for testing is on blood, urine
     (breath for alcohol) although hair samples can
    be used and are a good way to look back over a
    longer time period ( months)

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  • Substances which can be tested
  • Drugs
  • Amphetamines
  • Metamphetamines
  • Ephedrine
  • MDMA (Ecstasy)
  • Cocaine
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Barbiturates
  • Cannabinoids

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  • Opiates - Codeine
  • Opiates- Dihydrocodeine
  • Opiates- Morphine
  • Methadone (Heroin replacement)
  • Ketamine
  • LSD
  • Methaqualone
  • Phencyclidine
  • Propoxyphene
  • Tricyclic antidepressants (TCA)

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  • Alcohol
  • Alcohol levels
  • Liver Function Tests (LFTs)
  • Mean cell Volume ( MCV)
  • CDT
  • Phosphatidylethanol) PEth
  • Urine Ethyl Gluconaride (EtG)
  • Urine Ethyl Sulfate (EtS)

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  • For verified results a GC/MS test needs to be
    done which added an additional 3 day turnaround
    time
  • The sample can be done with or without Chain of
    Custody
  • Time scales
  • Onsite test - Same Day via a Point of Care Test (
    POCT)
  • Lab test - 1-2 days on average
  • Verified GC/MS result 5-7 days

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  • Packages
  • We offer various combinations of tests although
    specifics can be requested?
  • Urine based Occupational Drug and Alcohol
    Screening Fee with report 195
  • Alcohol
  • Amphetamines Barbiturates Benzodiazepin
    e Cannabinoids Cocaine CodeineDihydrocodeineE
    phedrine MDMA Methadone Metamphetamines Morphi
    ne

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  • Why use FlyingMedicine Ltd- As CAA and FAA
    aeromedical examiners with extensive experienced
    in the aviation sector, we understand regulations
    with regard to DA testing and can ensure not
    only pilots but other safety sensitive workers
    are checked appropriately. 
  • For further information please contact us

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THANKS!
  • Do you have any questions?
  • 0333-404-3232
  • www.flyingmedicine.uk info_at_flyingmedicine.uk

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