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Drug Alcohol Testing In UK
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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
Opiates- Dihydrocodeine Opiates-
Morphine Methadone (Heroin replacement) Ketamine L
SD Methaqualone Phencyclidine Propoxyphene Tricycl
ic antidepressants (TCA) ?
Amphetamines Metamphetamines Ephedrine MDMA
(Ecstasy) Cocaine Benzodiazepines Barbiturates Can
nabinoids Opiates - Codeine
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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)
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 ?
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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 ? Packages We offer various combinations of
tests although specifics can be requested
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Urine based Occupational Drug and Alcohol
Screening Fee with report 195
Alcohol Amphetamines Barbiturates Benzodiazepine
 Cannabinoids Cocaine CodeineDihydrocodeine
Ephedrine MDMA Methadone Metamphetamines Morph
ine ? For further information please contact us
on 0333 404 3232 or email 
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Contact Us
Address
Abbotts House,  198 Lower High Street, Watford,
WD17 2FF ? Eastgate House, 19-23 Humberstone
Road, Leicester, LE5 3GJ Phone 0333 404 3232
/ 07440082790 Email info_at_privatemedical.clinic
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