"Working together for a safer, healthier future for your company and employees"


- Mrs Ketley, Managing Director

What We do..

Workplace Drug & Alcohol Testing Ltd is based in Hampshire

We provide discreet, confidential and the most up to date drugs and alcohol testing services for companies that have employees working in all industries, particularly construction, where an impaired awareness can have devastating consequences.


Alcohol Testing

Breath can be tested for alcohol using handheld devices which provide immediate results. These devices are specific to alcohol and can gage blood alcohol content (BAC) by measuring deep lung air. This type of testing can accurately determine whether a person has recently consumed alcohol or is currently over the legal or pre-determined limit. These instruments are simple to use, accurate and robust and have a variety of functions including the ability to test passive, direct or liquid samples as well as breath expelled into a container. We use a Home Office approved Draegar 5820 for added accuracy.

How it works:
When alcohol is consumed it is absorbed into the bloodstream. When the blood reaches the lungs a small amount of alcohol (in proportion to the concentration in the blood) transfers into the alveoli. This is then passed out of the body when the person exhales. A breathalyser is then able to measure this concentration and give a reading.
The legal drink drive limit is 35 microgrammes per 100ml of breath. Each company should state in their Health and Safety Policy (Drug and Alcohol section) their agreed company limit of micrograms of ethanol per 100ml of breath, whilst at work. We can then report the result and re-assess further if necessary. If a donor produces a higher result than is company policy upon re-assessment, we can determine whether this result is going up (further alcohol has been consumed) or coming down (ethanol is reducing in the body).

Drug Testing

Urine is the most common sample type for drug and alcohol testing. Simple and practical to obtain, it offers short-term drug abuse profiling. Urine samples are most commonly used to detect recent illegal drug use. It is considered non-intrusive, cost effective and the quickest method for sample collection. Results within as 1-3 minutes!

How it works:
Once a drug is consumed, the end product looks much different once it has been passed through the body. Drugs enter the body in psychedelic form and level as a metabolite. A urine test is able to detect the metabolites and deliver a confirmatory report indicating their presence though drug-protein conjugates. Tests can be conducted instantly, or samples can be collected and sent to our laboratory for more in-depth analysis. We use the most up to date and tested membranes using a 10 drug split key and test for:

  • Methamphetamine (MET)
  • Cocaine (COC)
  • Cannabis (THC)
  • Amphetamines (AMP)
  • Morphine (MOP)
  • Benzodiazepines (BZO)
  • Ecstasy (MDMA)
  • Methadone (MTD)
  • Tramadol (TML)
  • Ketamine (KET)
All our drug testers are able to check for adulteration. Our drug test pots are able to detect that the sample has not been adulterated through the use of a temperature gage (a green colour will appear to indicate the temperature of the urine specimen. The proper range for an unadulterated specimen is 32-38). Our urine sampling pots also identify 'OX' Oxidants/'PCC' Pyridinium Chlorochromate, which test for the presence of oxidising agents such as bleach and hydrogen peroxide. Normal urine should not contain oxidants or PCC; Results will read low/high (abnormal) or normal. Secondly we can also identify 'SG' Specific Gravity, which test for sample solution. Normal levels are 1.003-1.030 therefore values outside this range maybe the result of dilution or adulterates. Finally PH (acidity/alkalinity) the higher the number the more basic (alkaline) the sample is, the lower the number the moe acidic, with neutral being 7. The normal range for urine sample is between 4-9. Levels above and below this could indicate that the sample has been tampered with.
What does this mean?
Using the most up to date scientifically tested and approved urine sampling methods, we are able to ensure no masking agents or dilution have taken place, e.g. adding bleach/hydrogen peroxide, diluting with water or attempting to alter the PH of the urine.



Enquire

Did you know that the availability and usage of drugs and alcohol is on the rise?
Consequently, this is leading to an increased risk of substance abuse in the work place. If left unmonitored, this can lead to massive implications for your business and employees. Research has shown that drugs and alcohol usage severely impair performance on the simplest of tasks.
In a high risk industry like construction, drugs and alcohol misuse at work are NOT compatible.
Info and stats to consider;

  • Up to 14 million work days are lost each year, due to alcohol use.
  • Sickness absence costs employers an estimated £3 billion a year.
  • Up to 25% of all workplace accidents and 60% of fatal accidents were attributed to alcohol (2016-2017).
  • Up to 75% of people who claim to have a problem with alcohol are in employment.
  • In the UK, 100, 000 people were convicted for drink driving, most said "I feel ok to drive".
  • The cost to employers for drug and alcohol misuse are enormous and can significantly affect organic growth, profitability, stability and reputation.
  • Studies show 1 in 12 (8.5%) 16 to 59 year olds admitted to taking illicit drugs. Further 1/4 of 26-30 year olds have tried class A drugs such as; heroine, cocaine or ecstasy at least once.
  • Of the people seeking help for drug misuse, 25% are employed (this doesn't include those who have already sought help).
  • Of the large companies surveyed 18% had reported illegal drug use.
  • Finally, drugs and alcohol misuse that is not addressed, can undermine Health and Safety in the Workplace and potentially lead to experiencing litigation. Employers are not only responsible for their own safety but also that of their entire workforce.

Contact Us and we can discuss how we can support you in identifying drugs and alcohol misuse in the workplace.

Assess

Are you aware of the legalities of drugs and alcohol misuse in the workplace?
The Transport and Works Act 1992 deems it a criminal offense for certain workers to be unfit through drink/drugs, while working on railways, tramways and any other guided transport system. Employers/ operators could be guilty of an offense, unless they have shown all due diligence in preventing offences being committed.
The Road and Traffic Act 1988 states "Any person who, when driving or attempting to drive a motor vehicle, on a road or other public place, or when in charge of a motor vehicle on a road or other public place whilst unfit to drive through drink or drugs is guilty of an offence".
Under the Health and Safety Act 1974, employers have the legal duty to ensure the health, safety and welfare of employees.
If an employer is aware of an employee under the influence of alcohol/drug misuse and allows them to work or continue to work after being alerted and their behaviour places the employee or others at risk, the employer could be prosecuted.
If an employer feels a justifiable Health and Safety risk, how should they implement a drug and alcohol testing policy?
You must ensure that an appropriate alcohol, drugs and substance abuse policy forms part of your overall Health and Safety Policy (We can support you in this process). Once established, we can facilitate the rest...
Contact Us and we can discuss ways in which you can begin to identify drugs and alcohol misuse in the workplace.

Test

How can we support your business?
We are a extremely dignified, private and confidential company. No procedure commences without our testers ensuring the donor (employee) understands the tests involved and is happy to sign the declaration/consent form. We perform urine sampling using the most up to date 10 split key membranes, with adulteration, testing cups ( this enables us to perform a chain of custody laboratory test if a non-negative result is found) and a Home Office approved Draegar 5820 breathalyser.

We use the most up to date and tested membranes using a 10 drug split key and test for:

  • Methamphetamine (MET)
  • Cocaine (COC)
  • Cannabis (THC)
  • Amphetamines (AMP)
  • Morphine (MOP)
  • Benzodiazepines (BZO)
  • Ecstasy (MDMA)
  • Methadone (MTD)
  • Tramadol (TML)
  • Ketamine (KET)

Guidance procedural notes are forwarded to site managers/ contracts managers prior to our visit. Your company is responsible for setting the company cut of level for which you deem fit for work. All results must remain confidential to adhere with data protection laws (Please see our GDPR policy).

Contact Us and we can support you through our recommended testing procedures and the benefits this can bring to your company.

Results

Results within as 1-3 minutes!

What do the urine sampling results mean?
Urine drug sampling will produce a negative or non-negative result (where metabolites have identified in the urine). A rapid test for the simultaneous, qualitative detection of multiple drugs and drug metabolites in human urine. If a non-negative result is produced, (meaning drug metabolites have been found in the urine) there are 3 options:

  • The donor is happy with this result, is therefore in agreement with the substances found in their urine and signs the declaration form.

  • A re-test is requested (at a further cost).

  • A full chain of custody laboratory test is performed to finalise the result
    (please note, this incurs a further fee per individual drug tested).

What do the breathalyser sampling results mean?
When an employee provides a sample of breath into the breathalyser, if it is identified that the level produced is at or above the company cut off, another test can be performed 15 minutes later. This can then be repeated up to a maximum of 3 more times in one visit. it will identify whether the employees micrograms of ethanol per 100ml of breath is reducing, increasing or staying the same. The current UK driving limit is 35(.35) microgrammes per 100ml of breath.
As a company you will need to make a safety concious judgement (which must be reflected and explicitly written in your Drugs and Alcohol Policy) about the level at which employees are fit for work. Some employers decide to set their company cut off levels at 22 microgrammes per 100ml of breath. However, please note this is NOT applicable or suitable for employees working on railways, tramways and any other guided transport system, where guidance states the breathalyser levels should be 0 .


Contact Us and we can recommend the appropriate drugs and alcohol testing methods and frequency that is most suitable for your company and workforce.

Get in Touch

Please feel free to contact us to discuss your company's requirements. We can assist you in taking your business to the next level whereby facilitating a drugs and alcohol conscious safety environment.
email: workplacedat@gmail.com
phone: 07745 147376


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