Category: Drug Testing

Pre-Employment Drug Testing

Pre-employment Drug Testing

Pre-employment drug testing is an important part of the recruitment process. In particular, for safety critical and ‘business critical’ jobs.

The most popular drug test for this is urine testing. Both the instant ‘point of care’ screen or the lab drug test. Also, for more senior positions, clients prefer hair drug testing. This is because hair drug testing has a much longer detection window for drugs than urine.

All tests are available through our network of drug testing clinics. Also, we can arrange a mobile collection officer to visit your location.

There are lots of different options to suit your needs. Here are some examples of how we provide this service to current clients.

  • Close Protection Security. Deployment of security personnel to high risk countries.
  • Oil and Gas workers. Contractors for the industry classed as safety and business critical.

Each candidate attends a clinic appointment at locations throughout the UK. They undertake a urine point of care screen and receive the results at the appointment.

  • Network Rail (Sentinel). Pre-appointment testing for sub-contractors.

Candidates attend selected clinics or have a collection officer visit their location. A breath sample is taken for the alcohol screen. Urine samples are collected and send to the lab for testing. We upload results to the Network Rail portal.

Can we help you with your pre-employment drug testing? If yes, then call our team and we will discuss all the options with you.

Managing workplace drug testing

Oral Fluid Drug Testing – A fairer test for the workplace?

Many of our commercial drug testing clients are opting for the Lab Oral Fluid Drug Test. They see it as a fairer method for drug testing in the workplace. This is partly due to the relative short drug detection window of up to 48 hours (average use). Also, they regard the test as less invasive than say urine and hair drug testing. Read more

Drug and Alcohol policy

Do you need a Drug and Alcohol Policy?

Employers may have to tackle problems relating to drug and alcohol misuse among employees at some time. It is estimated that problems caused by misuse cost UK industry £800 million per year. Problems caused by misuse disrupt business continuity and can cause financial instability. Also, there may be more severe consequences to employee’s health, safety and welfare. Read more

Pre-Employment Drug Testing

Pre-Employment Drug Testing

A lot of our business clients drug and alcohol test prospective employees. This is an integral part of their drug and alcohol policy and recruitment process. It conveys two important messages. Read more

Introducing drug testing in your workplace for 2019

Drug related incidents are on the rise in the workplace. It impacts the safety and welfare of your employees, visitors and customers. Productivity, quality and staff morale can also be adversely affected. So it can be a big issue to deal with for your business. Read more

Do you think doping occurs in UK Athletics?

Doping in sport is in the headlines again. Crystal Health polled 170 people and asked ‘Do you think doping still occurs in UK Athletics?’ Read more

Should Workplace Drug Testing be Mandatory?

Our most recent poll attracted 410 votes and asked the question, ‘should drug testing in the workplace be mandatory?’

The results of the poll were as follows: Read more

Illegal drugs tested at an arts and music festival

In a first for the UK, visitors to the Secret Garden Party, an arts and music festival held annually at Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire, were given the chance to have their illegal drugs tested to determine their content before they took them.

Around 200 people used the testing facility, which had the blessing of the local police and council.

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The use of cocaine and ecstasy in middle-class households is on the rise.

Official figures published show that 3% of people aged 16-59 in households with an annual income of at least £50,000 said they had taken cocaine in the last year, up from 2.2% in the previous 12 months.

Use of other ‘recreational’ drugs by the country’s middle classes has also increased sharply. The proportion who had taken ecstasy was 2.2%, up from 1.5% in the previous year, while for cannabis the figure climbed from 5.6% to 6.1%. Read more

GMP will NOT be enforcing tough new drug-driving law over concerns about the equipment.

Officers and medical experts have expressed concerns over the screening device and the ability to uphold the new legislation in court, as well as insufficient training.

A tough new law against drug-driving comes into force next week – but Greater Manchester Police will not be enforcing it.

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Pre-Employment Drug Testing

Pre-employment Drug Testing

Pre-employment drug testing is an important part of the recruitment process. In particular, for safety critical and ‘business …

Managing workplace drug testing

Oral Fluid Drug Testing – A fairer test for the workplace?

Many of our commercial drug testing clients are opting for the Lab Oral Fluid Drug Test. They see it as a fairer method for …

Drug and Alcohol policy

Do you need a Drug and Alcohol Policy?

Employers may have to tackle problems relating to drug and alcohol misuse among employees at some time. It is estimated that …